Nice piece in the Telegraph:
This political point is worth making, since the Left, having lost the economic arguments are now channeling all their energies into “reforming” our culture, institutions, public manners and ethical norms. Ratzinger saw this coming when he was exposed to the rabid intolerance of the left-wing 68ers at Tubingen University, where according to Burleigh “campus Marxists imagined that their dogmas explained both the entirety of history and all human knowledge”.
As has been well documented since, these campus Marxists have ascended to power and influence all over western Europe, and now form the secular elites who control governments, universities and what we read, see and hear in our media. This is why the reception of Pope Benedict in this country has been so vicious, one-sidedly negative and unfriendly. They sense their worst enemy! Literally.
He’s just saying what many others, to which this blog adds its voice, have said in a different way. These “campus Marxists” he refers to are basically the Them written about on this blog – the ones Nigel Farage got stuck into in the EP. The secularists mock the antediluvian rigidity of the church, especially the Roman Church and take one of its more mindless policies – celibacy of clergy, which produces paedophilia and homosexuality – and try to make out that that is all the church is about.
Hell, I’m no catholic and yet it’s as clear as day that the church offers great succour to millions upon millions, without a single throat being officially slit or a single woman stoned. Here is one of these apoplectic rants at the church.
And that’s the thing – the hatred and viciousness, the bile, the spite, directed at an institution which supposedly is on its last legs. If it’s on its last legs, then why bother? The answer, of course, is that the message it enshrines is universal and compassionate, something the campus Marxists are trying to stamp out by any means, even to daubing the sides of buses.
You know, I would never have ever blogged about Christianity before these hate-mongers got started and now much of what I say is sheer bloodymindedness on my part – just to stick it in their craw. They’ve actually made me more Christian and I’m beginning to think it’s a pretty good banner to carry – misunderstood, vilified, marginalized, an underdog under attack – yep, I can go with that.
And seriously – look at the mindset of those spewing the bile. I think it says all that needs to be said.
The notion that the secularists are nice, sweet, ever-so-reasonable charmers who don’t have a religion is so far from the truth as to be ludicrous. That’s where you find your modern day intolerants, from equality and diversity enforcement officers through to the nicey-nicey intolerance of people who won’t allow free speech or thought under any circumstances and who wish to interfere with our private lives. Dawkins is the high priest of intolerance and religious fervour and as usual with such people, he’s severely constricted in his reasoning powers.
Just as the Tea Party was hijacked by shills masquerading as devotees, givng it the “nutter’ image, just as Christianity is seen by many as exemplified by the Koran burning [or not] pastor, just as the church has been hijacked by both virulent non-Christian fire-and-brimstoners working for the other side, just as the Conservative Party has been hijacked by the leftists, so the Roman Church has suffered the same fate.
With such a global institution, there are obviously severe issues to be resolved – no one is saying any less. That the church will not admit its mistakes is very bad indeed. Yet it is still the global bulwark against which the ex-campus Marxists are hurling their thunderbolts, desperately trying to break down this “superstition” in order to unleash a new holocaust – Hitler was no accident – and it is, so far, holding off the assault of radical Islam and the Shari’a state.
It is the rag tag in the Citadel in Lord of the Rings, assailed by the forces of Saruman and Mordor – on its last legs but still, somehow, continuing its ministry of succour and providing a moral beacon which people can either aspire to or not, as is their wont.