We are barbarians, ripe for conquest
SIR – Piers Paul Read (Charterhouse, October 6) draws attention to the cultural effects of Muslim immigration to Europe. Some have blamed a lack of integration but immigrants have to integrate into something, and he also notes our cultural leaders’ antipathy to Europe’s Christian heritage and its consequent marginalisation.
In Europe and the Faith (1920) Hilaire Belloc wrote: “Europe will return to the Faith, or she will perish. The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith.” But among European leaders what now passes for the religion of Europe is Europe; and if that fails to inspire, the latest must-have obsession is that of cultural Marxism.
GK Chesterton said that Christianity has often died and risen again; when Christians neglect their religious heritage it dies, but it rises again when they recall their cultural debt to Christianity. Although the vast majority of Muslims live peaceably and, notably, share the Christian respect for unborn life, a small minority refuses to co-exist peacefully and to separate politics from religion. Islam began in conquest, and a “rebirth” of Islam – in the absence of any central theological authority – must involve “holy” war.
Without denigrating other religions, we need to revive all that is good in our Christian heritage and refuse to accept the negative portrait painted by today’s cultural leaders, who marginalise Christianity on a plea of ‘‘multiculturalism’’. Chesterton’s novel The Flying Inn (1914) describes a coalition between “progressive” British elites and Islam that ends in an invasion by Turkish forces – but only after the people have been culturally prepared for it by those who believe that anything, no matter how bad, is better than Christianity. Chesterton said that without Christianity we would return to barbarism, and arguably this is now happening: highly civilised barbarians, we are ripe for conquest – or ready for re-birth.
Ann Farmer (Mrs)
Woodford Green, Essex
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