Pope Benedict XVI

“The liturgy is not a festivity; it is not a meeting for the purpose of having a good time. The liturgy is what makes the Thrice-holy God present amongst us; it is the Burning Bush; it is the alliance of God with man in Jesus Christ, Who has died and risen again. The grandeur of the liturgy does not rest upon the fact that it offers an interesting entertainment, but in rendering tangible the totally Other, Whom we are not capable of summoning. The essential in the liturgy is the Mystery, which is realized in the common ritual of the Church; all the rest diminishes it. Men experiment with it in lively fashion, and find themselves deceived, when the Mystery is transformed into distraction, when the chief actor in the liturgy is not the living God, but the priest or the liturgical director.”
~ Pope Benedict XVI

I am Anglican, not Roman. Yet the truth of this statement transcends ecclesiastical boundaries, in my opinion!

There’s No Such Thing as Islamophobia | Interface Institute

The term ‘Islamophobia’ is intended to give the religion of Mohammed a status of exemption denied to other spiritual systems and world views.

Source: There’s No Such Thing as Islamophobia | Interface Institute

The veracity of the above statement is undeniable. The term “Islamaphobia” is used regularly as a club by the political left – which has (for reasons discussed in the linked essay, but which seem to defy rational thought) decided to hitch a good part of its star to Islam – to bludgeon those who do not buy into that agenda. So, is it indeed true that “There’s no such thing as Islamaphobia”…?

Well, yes and no. I agree with some of the author’s critiques, but not necessarily with his premises. First, the real issue is not that fear of Islam does not exist, it is that “Islamaphobia” is a false characterization because a “phobia” is an irrational or unreasonable/excessive fear.

It is neither irrational nor unreasonable to be afraid of people, many of whom would like to see you dead, and even of those who might not wish death upon you directly, most would still like to see you under the dominion of the ideology they profess – an ideology which is highly problematic on a number of grounds: not least that the only three options it presents are to join it, admit you’re inferior to it and pay a tax, or die. I am not aware of such a stark choice in any other religion, and certainly not what might be considered a “major world religion.”

Second, this essay continues to promote the false narrative that Islam is “just another religion” and ought to be treated (and, to the author’s credit, ought also to behave) like just another religion. It ignores the reality that Islam is an ideology, a worldview, which is all-encompassing, including not only religion but governance, jurisprudence, military affairs, and economics, and earnestly desires (and believes itself entitled to) world domination.

There is no “love your neighbor as yourself,” in Islam; no “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars, and to God the things that are God’s,” no separation of mosque and state. There is only the Dar al-Islam, which is to be ever-spreading until all the world is brought under submission to Allah and his Prophet, and the Dar al-Harb: the currently non-Muslim world, which is to be brought under that submission.

This makes it rather hard to imagine the reaching of the sort of accommodation the author recommends, without drastic, radical alterations – including a massive reduction is scope – on the part of Islam itself. Such a dramatic re-envisioning, not only of belief but of point and purpose, would make the Protestant Reformation look like a walk in the park by comparison! I am not going to hold my breath, I’m afraid.

On the “sacred mission” of Monarchy

In which dowager Queen Mary tells her granddaughter, the newly-acceded Queen Elizabeth II, the way it is!

“Monarchy is God’s sacred mission to grace and dignify the earth… Monarchy is a calling from God. That is why you are crowned in an abbey not a government building… You are answerable to God in your duty, not the public.”