France: A Decomposing Civilization

A medic tends to a victim of a terrorist attack in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

France’s authorities and elites are tearing up, piece by piece, the country’s historical, religious and cultural legacy so that nothing remains. A nation dispossessed of its identity will see its inner strength broken.

Source: France: A Decomposing Civilization | Gatestone Institute

Ah! Ma belle France, ma pauvre France! Terre de Charles Martel et Charlemagne. Ce qui vous est arrivé?

(Ah! My beautiful France, my poor France! Land of Charles Martel and Charlemagne. What has happened to you?)

As I have commented previously, more than once and in more than one forum, a nation, a culture, a society has this in common with a plant: cut off from its roots, it will wither and die.

What is happening to France is, or should be, a cautionary tale for what many among the so-called “elite” want to happen to the U.S. – and indeed, with the current attacks against historic statues, monuments, plaques, flags, and other iconography of our past, the assault is well under way.

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Leaked recording: Berlin police instructor calls Muslim recruits ‘enemy in our ranks’

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Source: Leaked recording: Berlin police instructor calls Muslim recruits ‘enemy in our ranks’

Sadly, this does not come as a surprise!

On the tape, the unidentified police instructor complains that many officers who come from migrant backgrounds, particularly those of Turkish and Arabic origins, refuse to pay attention in the academy classrooms and many have trouble speaking or writing German, Die Welt reported…

These Muslim recruits have put the future of the Berlin police force in jeopardy according to the instructor who said the migrant police officers would be “a second-class of police that will only be corrupt”.

“These are not colleagues, that’s the enemy. This is the enemy in our ranks and I have never felt such hostility in this class,” he added.

An English friend of mine on Facebook comments, “My son attended an Uniformed Services course at College prior to joining the Paras, and he said the same thing about the Middle Eastern [students] on his course. He said 50% of the class were made up of them, they were lazy, cheeky, stupid, bereft of discipline and he thought they were there for inside information to help them fight against us.”

Unfortunately I would not be a bit surprised. I am reminded of the fact that the 9/11 terrorists here in the U.S. learned to fly the airliners they used as weapons at American flight schools. The idea of Muslims in Germany and Britain learning information, tactics, etc., from the police and military of those countries seems all too credible, to me.

Kindness, openness, and willingness to share information has been a hallmark of Western society for centuries, and especially following the end of the Second World War – and heretofore, it has been a source of strength. But in the present environment, it seems to be more a source of vulnerability.

Twilight of Europe: Hundreds of European Languages Facing Extinction

European governments are calling for “diversity” at the expense of native European diversity. And this is literally a cultural genocide.

Source: Twilight of Europe: Hundreds of European Languages Facing Extinction

Another interesting essay from Carolyn Emerick.

I remember back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when I was in college and, later, grad (divinity) school, how incensed my mostly progressive classmates and I were at the threat being posed by globalization to the rich variety of languages and dialects found among the indigenous populations of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Central and South America. The villains in these stories were generally American, European, or generically Western corporations, governments, or both.

While this was and remains a real issue, Ms Emerick points out that the same thing is happening, but with much less fanfare, outrage, or even awareness, among the people, languages, and dialects of Europe. Once again, globalization is the culprit, but this time, it is not Europeans going out into the world that are causing the problems, but the rest of the world pouring into Europe.

For us in the U.S., the leveling and conforming effect of American culture – while not entirely bad, when utilized to build a reasonably cohesive, unified society – and the standardizing effect of modern media and marketing, have combined to blunt and minimize our awareness of the distinctiveness, particularity, and vibrancy of various European cultures, languages, dialects, and their associated customs and traditions.

The result has been to lend an element of “truthiness” to the false narrative that “white people have no culture,” and we must therefore import “diversity” from elsewhere in the world. And it is sadly true that, all too often, Walmart, cable TV (and increasingly the internet), and professional sports seem to be the limit of many Americans’ cultural experience.

The reality, however, is that Europe and Europeans are replete with cultural and linguistic diversity! But it is a diversity which is under threat. With respect to Britain, the major focus of The Anglophilic Anglican, Ms Emerick notes that

“The United Kingdom is home to many forms of Celtic language as well as dozens of dialects of English, many of which have close roots to the original speech of the first Anglo-Saxons. 

“But, instead of making an effort to preserve this important cultural heritage, the U.K. government is making concessions for illegal immigrants and using taxes of hard working British people to pay for foreigners who live off their taxes and refuse to work.

“These unemployed migrants then reproduce in vast numbers. But native Britons will consistently tell you that they cannot afford to have more children. What is going on here? Native Europeans are being taxed for their own demographic replacement.”

This is, to say the least, problematic! And that is putting it very gently. One must ask oneself, what is the rationale, what is the reasoning, what is the sense in this apparent drive to self-immolation on the part of many in Europe?

If it is to gain cheap workers – which I’m sure was at least part of the initial impetus – it has been demonstrated repeatedly that most of those coming in from Africa and Middle East have little desire to work; they are there to live off the European social safety net… which will shortly be strained to the breaking point, if it is not already.

And if it is to atone for Nazism, colonialism, or any other real or imagined evil of the 19th and 20th centuries, one must inquire, how much self-flagellation is enough? How much is too much?

With immigrants responsible for a vastly disproportionate amount of crime – including rape and sexual grooming for prostitution – to the point of over-stretching the police forces of several European countries, and insisting on special considerations in every area from law to cuisine from their erstwhile hosts, how much of this orgy of cultural masochism – even cultural suicide – can Europe endure?

Because unlike the immigrants, Europeans have no other homeland. They cannot return to their home countries, for they are there already. Their backs are to the wall. If Europe does not remain hospitable to Europeans, they will be homeless indeed… and 40 or 50,000 years of European ethnic and cultural evolution and development will be ended.

Is it worth it, for the false promise of pseudo-“diversity” and a mockery of “multiculturalism,” in a continent which has, historically, embodied the terms? Europe has a plenitude of diversity – linguistically, culturally, ethnically. This is a fact which needs to be celebrated, not suppressed!

But as with all other areas of problem-solving, the first step is to admit that we have a problem, in the first place…

Multiculturalism Is Splintering the West

Multiculturalism is leading to the “partition,” the separation of European societies.

Source: Multiculturalism Is Splintering the West

Anyone who claims to be surprised by this is either lying, or has had their head in the sand for years. As I have commented more than once, in this and other fora, a proper multiculturalism is a recognition of the rights of diverse peoples to pursue their own destinies within their respective historical, cultural, and geographic spheres, both honouring and preserving the distinctiveness of cultures (while allowing for trade and legitimate cultural exchange). “Multiculturalism” defined as the enforced mingling of cultures cannot be anything but divisive and damaging, especially to the “host” (imposed-upon) cultures.

In the field of ecology, one often speaks of invasive aliens: plants and animals that move (or are brought) into an area to which they are not native, and in which they often choke out the indigenous flora and fauna, ultimately leading to a decrease of diversity in the ecosystem – even though their presence may have appeared, temporarily, to increase its diversity. Examples abound, and include multiflora rose, autumn olive, Japanese stiltgrass, water hyacinth, and the infamous kudzu in the plant kingdom, and starlings, European sparrows, nutria, mute swans, and Asian carp in the animal kingdom.

Why are we not able to comprehend that this principle applies equally to human ecosystems?

Touché!

British Prime Minister Theresa May reacting to the recent train-bombing in London by an 18-year-old Islamic immigrant

STEP 1) Feign shock
STEP 2) Express resolve
STEP 3) Say good things about Islam
STEP 4) Pretend that taking in more Muslims “defeats terrorists” and makes us safer

Source: The Religion of Peace

London bombing shows danger of Islamification in Britain and Europe. Is the US next? | Fox News

The terrorist bombing Friday of a train on the London Underground, which injured 30 people – including one of my very close friends – was yet more evidence of a painful truth: the Islamification of the United Kingdom and Europe is well under way, changing the very character of the continent that gave birth to Western Civilization.

Source: London bombing shows danger of Islamification in Britain and Europe. Is the US next? | Fox News

This is indeed an excellent essay, and the fact that it is written by someone who was, herself, touched by the latest bombing in London – through a friend of hers, who was fortunate that when the bomb detonated in her train compartment, it did not go off properly. I strongly recommend that you “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” this essay!

But like most other writings on the subject of Islam, in her commendable zeal to protect religious liberty and avoid tarring with too broad a brush, Ms Davis misses a few important points.

She quotes the Brookings Institute definition of Islamism, which of course is quite accurate, as far as it goes. However, consider: any religion worth its salt believes that its “values should play a role in public life,” and that it “has things to say about how politics should be conducted, how the law should be applied, and how other people – not just themselves – should conduct themselves.” If it does not, it hardly qualifies as a religion at all: at best, it is some form of nebulous personal spirituality.

Certainly, Christianity has things to say about these issues. Buddhism (more so in the East than in the West, but in some places even here) has things to say about these issues. Hinduism and certainly Taoism have things to say about these issues. The difference lies in how those values are promoted and expressed, and what the religion in question sees as its ultimate role in society.

I don’t feel that I can speak authoritatively for the other religions mentioned, but I do believe that I can speak fairly authoritatively for Christianity, having degrees in medieval studies and theology and being an ordained Christian minister. And what I can say is that while Christianity has certainly not been immune to the temptations to power-politics and even violence that come from a too-close alliance with secular authorities, such things are foreign and even contrary to the teachings of the Christian faith itself.

The fundamental teachings of Christianity are encapsulated in Christ’s summary of the law: “Love the Lord your God… and your neighbor as yourself.” This concept is repeated and reinforced in such passages as “love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,” and “a new commandment I give unto you: that you love one another.” Similar teachings appear in the writings of the Apostles, Christ’s successors after His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.

And his final instruction was to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Baptize. Not conquer. Not subjugate. Not kill. Baptize. That is a voluntary action: one must make a choice to receive the teachings, before baptism can take place (1). Nowhere is violence called for (2). Nowhere are Christians called to fight, kill, or make war against the “infidel.” Nowhere are they told to make non-Christians second-class citizens (dhimmi) who must die, convert, or admit they are inferior and pay protection money (jizya).

Beyond that, Christians are supposed to be the “leaven in the loaf” of the body politic, not its rulers and dominators. Christ was clear about this, stating “My kingdom is not of this world,” and instructing his listeners to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” His Apostles followed the same track, exhorting the early Christians to “honour the king,” and to obey the secular authorities, including the (then pagan) Roman Emperor. Christians were – and are – intended to seek to exert a positive influence on the actions of secular and political authorities by example and moral exhortation, not, as I say, domination and rulership.

So Christianity has, and God willing will continue to have, “things to say” about “how politics should be conducted, how the law should be applied, and how [people in general] should conduct themselves.” The important point is that the Christian faith itself – regardless of what deluded or over-zealous devotees may have done on their own initiative – does not teach that Christianity, or its followers, should politically dominate the world, and it does not teach violence as a way to spread its teachings. You can search the New Testament, and for that matter the Fathers of the Church (approximately corresponding to Islamic prophet Mohammed’s immediate successors), in vain for any such teachings.

And that is the point that so many otherwise intelligent and perceptive individuals – on both sides of the political aisle – consistently miss, or misunderstand: Islam is not just another religion. It does not merely believe that “its values should play a role in public life.” It does not simply have “things to say about how politics should be conducted, how the law should be applied, and how other people… should conduct themselves.” Would that that’s all it were! But it is not.

It is a religious / spiritual / theological justification for absolute dominance, conquest, and subjugation, in all realms: religious, political, judicial, economic, and military. One is either part of the Dar al-Islam, the Realm of Submission to Allah, or one is part of the Dar al-Harb, the Realm of Conflict, and thus subject to conquest so that submission to Allah may be enforced upon you. Those are the choices. And that is why the present contest between the West and Islam is a civilizational, existential conflict, whether one likes to think of it in those terms or not. Islam has not left us any choice in the matter.

All of that said: this is nonetheless a cogent and timely article, and an important warning for us, here in the U.S. It is well worth a read! Just don’t let yourself get caught up into too erroneous concepts, which this otherwise superb essay implicitly accepts: a) that Islam / Islamism is just a religion, and that b) no other religion has, or should have, things to say to and about the rest of (secular) society.

Personally, as The Anglophilic Anglican, I am heartsick at what is happening in Britain, and I pray it’s not too late to reverse it. But it will take some doing, and it may take sterner measures than people nowadays have the stomach for, unfortunately.

I also pray that we may resist this evil – and yes, it is an evil, both Islam and its Sharia law, and the loss of Western values, ideals, and the history and heritage of our Western civilization to Islam – here in the United States. Better not to let it gain any more of a foothold than it already has, rather than trying to get the camel back out once it’s already in the tent!


 

(1) Yes, I know there were some mass, forced baptisms in the course of the conversion of Europe. But those were the exceptions rather than the rule; they were done by secular rulers for primarily political purposes; and they were clearly contrary to the teachings of the Christian faith. Everyone has sinned and fallen short, and Christians are no exceptions.

(2) Christ’s most violent action was to make a whip of knotted cords and drive the money changers out of the Temple, turning over their tables. Not, please note, killing them! And when he exhorts his disciples that “let he who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one,” and is told they have two swords (for twelve disciples) he says, “It is enough.” When one of them actually uses his sword, cutting off the ear of the High Priest’s servant, Christ heals him. Contrast that to the actions of the Prophet of Islam and tell me there is moral equivalency between the two!

Does Immigration Mean The End Of Western Civilization?

“In the long term, Europe can either prefer its own civilization and culture, and defend it, or capitulate to another. But it cannot… absorb masses of unassimilated members of another culture and expect to survive. It will be changed forever, and the change will be in the direction of the immigrants’ way of life, and away from that of the native-born. This is a difficult truth to accept in our egalitarian age.”

Source: Does Immigration Mean The End Of Western Civilization?

The situation is, of course, most critical for Europe. But if Europe falls, it is unlikely that America will be far behind.