Giving up on God

I believe you're wasting my time

No good will come of itNo good will come of it
There's nothing like choice. If you like sport, cricket in particular, then the ongoing story of corruption in the game is for you. If you remember Alistair Campbell then the wall-to-wall coverage of the Andy Coulson story will be worth a look. It's a fact that when it comes to the big heavy Sunday papers most people throw the business and financial section away. But within these pages can be found some real horror stories. It was here that the possibility of the recession was first reported long before we had stories and pictures on the front page of Gordon Brown saving the financial world. But the real iceberg story is anything to do with Islam. For years now sensible people with a mind to do a little research have understood that WYSIWYG does not apply here. What you see, what you get and how to deal with it confounds more than a few. Prince Charles has told us he thinks Islam is a "peaceful religion" and, following the London 7/7 bombings Sir Ian Blair as head of the Metropolitan Police claimed they had "nothing to do with Islam". With fools like these what next? The wake up has been slow but has started. Ed West notes -

The ultimate origins of the anti-religion movement go back further, to two events in 1989: the Rushdie affair and the fall of the Berlin Wall. As a result of the latter, which coincided with the discrediting of democratic socialism in the West, the political Left scattered into different tribes.

The fall of the Berlin Wall was God's gift to all sorts of power hungry groups; not least the EU who could at last see, or so it thought, the way ahead clear to a single government for the members of the EU. To do this they created the single currency the euro. It's now clear they overreached themselves, but then, and equally clear we see others did that too. West also says -

The Trotskyite element, which had dominated local government and political activism since the early 1970s, adopted radical race politics and became the anti-racism movement, taking control of the social services, the quangocracy and having a huge influence on society, their high-water mark being the anti-racism witch-hunt following the Macpherson Report.

Another lot joined the growing green movement, which has been dominated by the far Left ever since. As I’ve written in a previous post, there’s no contradiction with being a conservative, and believing that burning fossil fuels alters the climate; if that’s the science, we just have to deal with it. Unfortunately most green activists see it in quasi-religious terms, as judgment against Western man’s rape of mother earth and exploitation of the developing world.

A third group would become the New Atheist movement. Starting with the Rushdie Fatwa in 1989, many Left-wing intellectuals, among them Christopher Hitchens, turned against multiculturalism. Anti-theism was the logical Left-wing response to the growing realisation that Europe’s immigration policies had brought with it a religion that seriously threatened established freedoms and that, contrary to assumed thinking, newcomers would not just drop their religion once they crossed the Black Sea.

What West has left out is that the Islamic pressure groups, some no better that thugs, are at their high-water mark too. He then goes on to speak up for God, and we may assume all of them, when he says -

what sort of place do libertarians think a world without God would be? Would it be a low-tax, high-freedom society where the state runs the post office, secures the borders and pretty much leaves you to get on with your life? Or would it be one where an enormous state takes on the roll of church, spending vast amounts of taxpayer’s money on trying to artificially recreate civil society, including vast amounts on its pet “charities”; one where every aspect of human interaction is dictated by government, which controls even the moral order of society, increasingly infringing on the rights of parents? One does not need to be a believer to see that the church – or any body vested with moral authority – is an essential counterweight to the power of the state.

Yes we need a 'counterweight to the power of the state' but to rely on religion, any religion, to do this is simply going to lead to a battle of the fundamentalists. I'm tempted to say "better the devil I know" as fighting the state is bad enough but fighting on two fronts much harder.

At the moment the Koran burning threat posed by Pastor Terry Jones of Florida is on the same level as the antics by Abu Hamza. In defence of Jones we can say that he has never been involved with terrorism, we also suggest he enjoys his 15 mins of fame while he can; it's an interesting turn-around posed by Jones. Also despite what West asserts not all of the liberal/left is too scared to write about Islam. Robert Fisk has a lengthy article about honour killings and it's well worth your time, see HERE

As a final point let's consider disestablishing the Church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken about it and it would solve the problem of the thugs of other religions always pushing for equality. If you read this you will see what I mean. It would also save money, did you know public money was being used to support the papal visit? Read this to learn more.