By William Hallowell | Editor
This social and political persecution of Christians by liberals is hypocritical – they preach the positives of diversity and in this case, religious tolerance, yet oddly exclude the Christian majority.
By the standards of the twenty-first century religion is outdated. Whilst some religious teachings of various beliefs may be beneficial for society as they provide some sort of moral compass – values that, regardless of which beliefs people hold, as humans, can follow basic principles for a good society. The cult-like teachings of religion as a concept - regardless of which particular faith - are outdated and uncontemporary.
The ten commandments are a good example. Whilst perhaps not all ten commandments are relevant as they explicitly demand the worship of ‘the Lord’, some provide good, moral values that all societies should follow; chiefly: ‘honour thy mother and father’, ‘thou shalt not kill’, ‘thou shalt not commit adultery’ and ‘thou shalt not steal’. The basic principles of some religions lay down the moral laws for a civilised society – this is something that could hardly be disputed. Whether it be Christianity or Judaism or Hinduism or Islam or Sikhism or Buddhism, religion as a concept – whatever form it takes – is nothing more than a philosophy; idea of a utopia; a way of life - no more than political ideologies are ideas of utopias that humanity should collectively strive towards.
Agnostics and atheists should respect religious people, just as much as religious people, no matter how much they disagree, should respect agnostics and atheists. No one religion or belief should be deemed inferior or superior to another. Many on the right – for example – hold the stereotypical image of Islam to be of the Taliban or other extremist terrorist groups, which is of course not the case. These ‘Islamic’ groups merely use religion to put forward their own ideas. The teachings of groups like the Taliban, despite the beliefs of some of the white west, do not represent the Islamic faith practiced by the majority of Muslims, who are peaceful.
Modern liberalism – the woke politics of cancel culture and ironic illiberalism – shoves ‘diversity’ and ‘multiculturalism’ down the throats of the rest of us. Diversity is a good thing; multiculturalism in a multicultural society is a good thing; but in order to preach something, it must be practiced first. Unfortunately for a large proportion of the ‘liberal’ left, this is a concept that seems impossible to grasp. It could be religion. It could be tolerance. It could be diversity and multiculturalism.
What the left is actually doing is saying they want diversity and multiculturalism in order to politicise race and sectarianism. They accept Islam and Judaism and all other religions in the west, excluding Christianity – the largest religion. Why? – because politicising race and religion is a hope to win votes. This is the ‘white saviour’ complex which was demonstrated no better than at the height of the BLM protests in the summer of 2020. I, personally, saw various videos on social media of white, left-wing liberals, abusing black right-wing conservatives or anti-BLM people, calling them ‘house negros’ or telling them they ‘aren’t really black’ – the latter is something that President Biden of the US said himself during the campaign for the 2020 election.
If Christians voice their opinions on political or social issues, they are shouted down as bigots and elitists that use their personal beliefs to suppress the rights of others, and it has been made a right-wing issue (though I do think to use religion as the justification to impose laws on the wider population is wrong). The state and religious institutions should remain entirely separate. I personally know left-leaning Christians. To attribute Christianity solely to right-wingers just shows how it has been politicised and used as a weapon – a point of argument – to suppress beliefs of Christian people.
As a person who leans fairly to the right myself, many left-wingers I have interacted with, particularly through social media, have assumed that as a result of leaning to the right, I must be religious. In a debate on BLM with a self-proclaimed communist – a topic completely unrelated to religion – I was asked if I would like to present an argument for why religion isn’t inherently authoritarian. As a matter of fact, I do think religion is authoritarian - and outdated. This is probably the biggest thing I have in common with left-leaning thinkers; but what has led to this ignorant assumption that just because I am right-wing I am a devout Christian, or at least, use Christianity as guide upon which to base my political and social views around?
Earlier I mentioned how religion and race has been politicised by the left – in some cases they are intertwined. Given the last year of increased racial tensions due to the extremely hyperbolic – and frankly false – narrative of the inherent state 'oppression' of all ethnic minorities in white majority countries, we know the left love to weaponise race for votes.
Christianity plays a significant part in Black African migrants and Black British people in the UK. According to the ONS (September 2015) of the 989,628 'Black/African/Caribbean/Black British' ethnic group (as characterised by the ONS) in the UK, 691,482 are Christian. That is a huge proportion, though I am yet to see a Black migrants or Black British Christians shouted down or abused for expressing their religious beliefs. It is white Christians who are the problem for the virtuous, patronising, self-appointed guardians of ethnic minorities. It is a totally selective narrative. To attribute the stigmas of homophobia, transphobia, racism or any kind of prejudice to the (majority) white, religious population, is a feeble and dirty attempt at political point scoring.
On the most part Christians are depicted as all being bigoted elitists, especially when it comes to same-sex relationships. This is something that some elements of Islam have in common. Whilst obviously inexcusable from those who do share these views, Christians who voice homophobic views are cancelled, abused and ostracised. However, if a Muslim does the exact same thing, the left turn a blind eye, and to challenge a homophobic Muslim is deemed ‘Islamophobic’ (apparently).
Where was the uproar when only a few years ago Muslim parents showed up outside their childrens’ schools to protest against the teaching of LGBT-inclusive sex education? There was none. Yet, a white teacher at Batley Grammar School shows a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad (for educational purposes) and the left go mad. The uproar started with protests outside the school gates, then the school issued a grovelling apology and the innocent teacher is dismissed and tells the press he fears for his life – just like that teacher in France probably did, who was beheaded by Islamic extremists for doing a very similar thing; or the Charlie Hebdo journalists in 2015. Where was the uproar for those innocent people? It was non-exist for the ‘inclusive’ left-wing hypocrites, because the victims were white and therefore deemed expendable.
Yet again this is identity politics at play, and yet again it is the game weaponised by the left. It is the left who racially abuse Black and Asian right-wingers, because as the white self-appointed saviours, liberals think they know what's best for Britain's BAME communities. However, when it comes to Black Christian communities, we don't hear a word from these spineless, hypocrites.
It is the left who demonise BAME people who do not conform to what the left believe they should think; it is the right who do not define a person's political views by their skin colour. The sooner this obsession the left have with race ceases, the better.
Whilst I remain critical of religion, as I see it as outdated and too authoritarian, I will absolutely defend the right to believe in it.