Sunday, 10 January 2010

Are there ‘Christian values’ left in the UK? [Mai sunt ‘valori creştine’ rămase în UK?]

The former (that’s another typically British weirdness, isn’t it?) Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, believes that unless the immigration of non-Christians is capped, Britain “is going to be in deep trouble and this is going to foster social unrest.

Like a whole bunch of other ‘wisemen’ in this country, Lord Carey is obsessed with the ‘danger’ of the UK having a population of 70 million by 2029. That’s at least as scary as carbon dioxide, isn’t it?

It is not only the sheer number of people what troubles the Lord’s sleep, but the prospect of them not understanding the Christian heritage (which some try to revive) of Britain. Here’s what he says:

What I think we must call for is an understanding on the part of those who come into our country that they are coming into one which values parliamentary democracy, which is built upon our Christian heritage.”

A former ‘chief bishop’ of the Church of England (as the British Monarch remains this institution’s ‘head’) doesn’t even bother to think that foreigners should share the ‘Christian values’ of Britain, but a mere ‘heritage’.

Well, maybe not even the heritage itself matters as much as the parlimentary democracy – the idol born out of the Anglican heresy, as well as from a myriad of other heresies, of attempts to find a meaning of life, stepping astray of Christ’s only way.

Lord Carey may be full of good intentions, yet I can’t help noticing his hypocrisy, albeit rather typical of the Perfidious Albion. Why should immigrants try to understand a heritage which most contemporary Brits don’t want to know about?

Are there any Christian values left in the UK? Yes, they are – buried six feet under the ground, in graveyards, or cast in the stones of countless barren Christian monuments, which seem meaningless to passers-by.

They walk past restaurated churches or abbeys in ruins like Egyptian bedouins drive their camels near the Pyramids. Today’s inhabitants of the UK have nothing in common with the wacky people who erected those uselessly beautiful constructions.

Fewer and fewer Britons know anything not only about the Lord, but also the their once-so-precious parliamentary democracy. Fewer and fewer even care about this Christian heritage which is not worth treasuring.

Why would anyone cherish such a burdening heritage? Most Christian values – be them so disfigured by Protestant heresies – stand against the ‘(non)values’ bred by the parliamentary democracy, and against what most Brits find comfortable.

Christ’s Kingdom stands against the disintegration of traditional (normal!!!) families, and the promotion of ‘alternative’ ones, against mindless partying, widespread promiscuity, celebrity culture turned into surrogate religion for many, hedonistic shopping, abortionist impulses…

Ripped from the Body of the Church (long before separating from Rome) what became the Church of England and the Church of Scotland (+ a few others) gave birth to a British version of humanism, a new religion allowing everyone to make gods of themselves.

The supreme value of humanism is not the man, as it claims; it’s the “I do what I please”, the right to decide about everything, be it in an ordered (parliamentary) manner. Having become hoplessly anthropocentric for the past centuries, the Brits feel compelled to decide on His behalf.

Like any other civilised and irreligious nations, Britons can’t put their Maker in the center of their lives. Few things would be as absurd in their view as giving up their pride. They see themselves entitled to be in complete control of their lives.

Sadly, this is a suicidal path, which led to losing all control. From the waste of public money to divorces, abortions, poor performance of pupils, binge drinking, obesity – everything appears to be spiraling out of control in the UK.

Sadder still it’s the way one of the best tools of humanism (parliamentary democracy) has been used to relativize everything, to decide when human life starts, what marriage is, what countries should be bombed, and so forth...

There’s still plenty of common sense, wit, decency, and civility left among the Brits. Yet there’s growing ignorance about Who Jesus Christ is, and about the British democratic system. Today’s Brits don’t know where they come from, nor where they are going to.

Christ and His One Church are the only chance for all people, including the irreligious Brits. Parliamentary democracy could have been a good instrument for social surgery, to cure the ills of Britain. But no successful operations can be performed by those ignorant of their Maker.

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Gregor said...

Dear Bogdan

This is a very interesting post, and I wish that I had more time to write about it (I was thinking of doing a post on a similar theme). But I’ll re-quote two things I’ve written already:

About immigrants respecting our Christian heritage:

‘They (the BNP) are greatly concerned that only 'indigenous' people should be allowed to watch American TV, wear American clothes, eat American food, listen to American music, speak in American slang and talk about American politics in Britain’

I find it strangely amusing that British people are concerned about immigrants when the British people idolise a foreign country.

Something I wrote on Neil Clark’s blog:

‘I noticed a really daft article on Liberal Conspiracy:
Sunny Hundal writes "if it was for people like George Carey and his own notion of “Christianity”, for instance, homosexuals would still be forced into hiding."

I followed the hyperlink which said that Carey disapproved of lowering the gay age of consent to 16.’

As you can see, most of Carey’s flack in Britain is from the other side: he doesn’t want the age of homosexual consent lowered, so Liberal Conspiracy says he ‘wants gays to go into hiding’.

Ironically enough, a lot of the Anglican’s problems are due to Carey. He ordained female priests and even people he thought were homosexuals. It seems ironic that he criticises the secular state for allowing homosexuals to do what they want. I don’t think that the state has any right to say what relations consenting adults can have; but it is for the Church to say that such a lifestyle is utterly contrary to Christian morality.

I’ve also seen that the Anglicans are whinging that ‘the devil’s box’ as Fr Paisius called it, isn’t broadcasting pro-religious shows. 'Tough', in my opinion. TV can be entertaining and informative, but overall it is an anti-Christian force, which creates social divisions and encourages people to put their faith in earthly things.

MunteanUK said...

@ Gregor

1) I agree that it's not only strange but silly for the Brits to be concerned with what immigrants could do to them. In my view, they won't 'snatch' anything that the Brits haven't already given away.

Could anyone alter 'Britishness', unless there was something rotten within it?

Could foreigners harm the British identity, if the Brits had a strong identity?

The problem with Britain is wide-spread in the 'civilised world'. People are becoming mere consumers, 'sheeple' as you often say on your blog :-(


2) I realized that this Carey had quite an ignoble role in what the Anglican Church of today has become, but I didn't want to insist too much on this aspect.

With or without Lord Carey as 'Archbishop' - I can't help seeing this as a blasphemy, sorry -this so-called 'church' would have taken the same path.

Common sense & normality are so gravely deteriorated among these heretical churches that no one can stop them going from bad to worse.


3) Indeed, I also find televison being the 'devil's box', not because these objects are inherently evil, but because they are simply used to take people out of themselves, to waste their time & to give up thinking.

There are many studies claiming that TV watching alters the way in which the human brain functions, that people of all ages (and especially children) are first 'charmed' then 'trapped' in an imaginary world.

God willing, I still have a lot to write about television in Britain.