A significant number of converts to Islam appear to be violent, in general and in particular with female converts. You don’t get that with Christianity, the number of born again Christians who in the modern world commit religious based atrocities or make outrageous demands, or flaunt their new religion in an aggressive way is incredibly small.
He then mentions the Jewish converts being similarly peaceful on the whole.
So what is it about Islam which justifies it being on the list of deportable offences?
Bear in mind he speaks of converts and a western leftist convert is indeed a terrible specimen – half-educated, he is full of his new zeal and atrocities are par for the course. There’s a Russian word razresheniye, meaning permission and it’s a good word as it applies to someone higher giving you the go ahead.
When I was a kid, another kid was going on about someone he knew having a licence to kill. Oh yeah – from whom, I asked him. BS. No one has the authority to kill, except in self-defence.
Name the last time Christians were shown sympathetically in the media, including the sphere. There’s an unrelenting diet of untruth and fallback on the “other religions will be offended”. A Christian can only be a Crusader bloodbather or a Torquemada, a Jehovah’s witness, a Tom Cruise or a B&B owner refusing to let gays stay there.
At the service last Wednesday, not one of those was in that congregation. Not one. Nor was there any fire and brimstone from the pulpit. In fact, my experience of parish vicars is of slightly otherworldly chaps with smiles and handshakes after the service.
You know this blog and that it’s the untruths which are so anathema. I don’t particularly care if you don’t like your maker or Jesus of Nazareth but don’t tell lies, please. Don’t conflate all religions when they’re anything but conflatable and don’t auto-fallback on “well Christians have killed for centuries”. No they haven’t, not at all. States have, under the banner of the faith.
In a similar way, if untruths are being told about Islam here, then point them out. About feminism, about Cameron.
The worrying thing, which I for one am resisting, is this talk of endtimes, partly as I have some projects to finish and don’t particularly want to be zapped yet, partly as there’s a whole industry, it seems, dedicated to explaining why these are the endtimes – has been going since the year zero.
There are few times in history, though, where the “falling away” has been so complete and the Yuri Bezmenov warning about hardwired brains and hardened hearts is so apt. No doubt Sodom and Gomorrah were pretty dire and the reign of Stephen seemed not good, let alone the USSR, Napoleon and Hitler frightened many but there have rarely been times, certainly not in the west, where the prostituting of children has reached such epic proportions, aided and abetted in schools where their concerns seem to be conkers and other PC drivel bans and parents seem to have taken leave of their senses, along with all the rest of it, from the gaming to the drugs.
Trouble is, the parents, the late Boomers and Gen Xers, are part way along the path themselves and are not really in a position to judge. But in terms of eternal verities, it’s dire.
Growing up in reasonably stable times with near full employment and no shortage of cash, it always seemed remote to me that there could be times coming where children turned on parents, where they were openly debauched and allowed to do things by adults, where everyone was against everyone, where chaos and madness existed and where the Christian was in genuine danger for being such.
That this has happened in the span of a lifetime is gobsmacking. So I’d expect this post to be a lead balloon to the new generations [post-War] but that doesn’t diminish its scope and it doesn’t diminish the need for a reversal of what scripture itself warns is an irreversible process.
One man seems powerless in the face of all that.
The cult. If ever there was something to turn people off, to make them wary, it’s the cult.
If it freaks me out, if I run whenever I see the sort of thing above, I can imagine what it does for you. The number of spin-off sects, all claiming some sort of deviation from the Word and yet adopting the moniker Christian, quite unjustifiably, beggars belief.
That people could be killed in former times for getting consubstantiation or transubstantiation wrong, depending on the orthodoxy of the time is bizarre and testifies to the deep-captcha by the other side, which goes deep into doctrine, declaring some esoteric point of another canonical and all else blasphemy.
Yet they deviate from the Word as expressed in Matthew 5-7 and that is all a follower of this faith needs to have as a guide. What is ambiguous about the beatitudes?
For all the criticism of the Laodecian C of E, that service last Wednesday was straight down the line, it did not deviate, it did not speak in tongues or go weird in other ways, there was no happy-clapping – it was delivered, there was no personal pressure, people could walk in, walk out as they wished. As it should be.
And the wonderful church organ was there, the cathedral does classical music renditions and I think I’ll go to one of these if I can overcome the aversion to groups of people.
This pic above gives me the shudders because it has the element of coercion, of the hard sell. From Scientism to Islam, you try the hard sell on me and I walk away. And I don’t want to be caught in a room with people such as in the lower left photo.
Don’t know about you but these soulless ultra-modern buildings in varnished wood with modernist spires is just like the bland nothingness of the other side’s buildings, the low ceilings, the muted, inoffensive colours, the reception committee awaiting you, the first talk of money.
No thanks. Give me stone walls, old architecture, even little old churches on the hill, the historical. Sadly, this religion sends out warning signals, rings alarm bells – you have to be ultra-careful you’re not falling into the clutches of a sect.
Perhaps it’s just my C of E orthodoxy but the Methodists and Baptists always worried me with their unorthodox ways but no doubt they’d be quick to point out they’re probably closer to the theological orthodoxy than the majority of C of E goers.
C of E’s been termited. Rowan Williams was appalling in his refusal to defend right. And even having a vote on women priests is amazing. It was interesting last Wednesday, when the Lord’s Prayer was spoken, that the modern version was used but the people near me and also I spoke the orthodox version, characterized by the word “trespasses”, for example.
For a non-Catholic, I felt much safer in a Catholic Church in Sicily, Jesuits aside, sitting there in those vast spaces than in the low-ceilinged oppressiveness of a modern building.
Random thoughts, yes but better that than a soulless constructed piece.