Maybe the Archbishop of Canterbury was right. The Church of England sees an Islamic future—and sees the government as the chief cause.
If recent reports of trends in religious observance prove to be correct, then in some 30 years the mosque will be able to claim that, religiously speaking, the UK is an Islamic nation, and therefore needs a share in any religious establishment to reflect this. The progress of conservative Islam in the UK has been amazing, and it has come at a time of prolonged decline in church attendance that seems likely to continue.
The decline of Christianity is significant and, in my view, lamentable, but what really strikes me is the weakness of the secular worldview that replaced it. This is not a case of Islam replacing Christianity; it’s a case of secularism replacing Christianity and then almost immediately submitting to and, indeed, facilitating Islam.
This progress has been enthusiastically assisted by this government in particular with its hard-line multi-cultural dogma and willingness to concede to virtually every demand made by Muslims. Perhaps most importantly the government has chosen to allow hard-liners to act as representing all Muslims, and more liberal Muslims have almost completely failed to produce any leadership voices to compete, leading many Britons to wonder if there are indeed many liberal Muslims at all, surely a mistake.
I have no doubt that there are liberal Muslims, but there are reasons why they don’t “produce any leadership voices”: radical hands will quickly silence those voices. How many liberal Muslims are among those immigrating to the United Kingdom and other European countries, moreover, is doubtful.
At all levels of national life Islam has gained state funding, protection from any criticism, and the insertion of advisors and experts in government departs national and local. A Muslim Home Office adviser, for example, was responsible for Baroness Scotland’s aborting of the legislation against honour killings, arguing that informal methods would be better. In the police we hear of girls under police protection having the addresses of their safe houses disclosed to their parents by Muslim officers who think they are doing their religious duty.
This, of course, is simply incredible. How can there be any controversy whatever about banning honor killings? Why aren’t officers who violate their civil duty sacked and prosecuted to the full extent of the law?
…The point is that Islam is being institutionalised, incarnated, into national structures amazingly fast, at the same time as demography is showing very high birthrates. Charles Taylor’s new and classic work on the Secular Age charts the rise of the secular mindset and what he calls the ‘excarnation’ of Christianity as it is levered out of state policy and structures. Christianity is now regarded as bad news, the liberal elite’s attack developed in the 1960s took root in the educationalist empire, and to some extent even in areas of the church.
This is true in Europe, at least, and many of our own liberal elite would like it to be true in the United States as well. Britain offers an important warning about such a course of action. Some may dream that pushing Christianity to the sidelines will leave the playing field to Reason. Perhaps, but only temporarily. I’m reminded of the joke: The meek will inherit the earth—but they won’t keep it for very long. It’s not that Reason is meek. It’s that, in the name of tolerance and fairness, it will invite a group of bullies onto the field—bullies who will crush it even while it makes excuses for them.