There is a stench in the air. An attempt by Progressive to promote moral and cultural relativism in order to undermine western culture; to demean and denigrate a culture that has proven to be the most welcoming, inclusive, accommodating and tolerant of all cultures, today. Yes there have been many problems that come from human imperfection. But western culture, because of the ethic that declares all people are born with equal intrinsic value, all life is sacred and we have free will, makes it possible for everyone to demand equal treatment under the law. There is no other culture that provides all of these values.
Let’s get his straight. The West is not white, not Christian, and certainly not racist. It sits firmly on the ethic that comes to us from dark-skinned Jews who shared it with the world more than 3500 years ago. Then dark-skinned Christians took on this ethic and spread it far and wide. Today, there are millions of dark-skinned Jews and Christians mingling in freedom with people of all races, colours, creeds and sexual orientation in countries who promote western culture.
America was founded on the teachings of the Hebrew Scriptures that were brought to her shores by British Puritans who wisely decide to separate the concept of religion (God) from the ethic.
The Bible is a book of laws that have become the foundation of Western government and justice. There are laws about the legal rights of women, ownership of land, the waging of war, and the design of courts. There are laws against murder and stealing. There are prohibitions against delaying payment to a day laborer and against judges who may favor the rich over the poor. And then there is the obligation to defend victims of violence. There are admonitions against giving false evidence (perjury), and requirements that more than one witness is mandated to convict someone of a crime. There are laws about safe building practices and laws about business. And there is the template for our court system that is still in practice, today.
John Adams, a member of the Declaration of Independence committee and second president of the United States (1797–1801), understood the deep connection between ethical monotheism and freedom.
“I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. If I were an atheist of the other sect, who believe or pretend to believe that all is ordered by chance, I should believe that chance had ordered the Jews to preserve and propagate to all mankind the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty, sovereign of the universe, which I believe to be a great essential principle of all morality, and consequently of all civilization.”
This ethic made it possible for Lincoln to end slavery and Martin Luther King Jr. to share his dream and have others bring it to reality. And this ethic opened the door for women to demand equality and Harvey Milk to fight for gay rights. Not perfect by any means but far better than it would have been if our ethic had been Sharia Law, India’s caste system or the authoritarianism of China. This ethic makes room for tolerance, inclusion, accommodation and diversity but it was never meant to take us to the point of of committing suicide-by-democracy.
In 2013, Charles, the Prince of Wales, cautioned that Christian communities that trace their history back to the time of Jesus are under threat.
“We all lose something immensely and irreplaceably precious when such a rich tradition dating back 2,000 years begins to disappear.”
As the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, said:
“By embracing multiculturalism and the idea that every culture and belief is of equal value we have betrayed our own traditions.”
Author Niall Ferguson wrote
“The ultimate threat to the West comes . . . from our own lack of understanding of, and faith in, our own cultural heritage.”
And back in 2010 German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated
“We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity—that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.”
But now she agrees with Former German President Christian Wulff who said:
“Islam belongs to Germany. That is true. This is also my opinion.”
This is Islam in Germany.
She is welcoming an ideology that is xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic and virulently antisemitic to her country. She is inviting an ideology into her country whose leaders declare, without hesitation, that Islam is not compatible with the west.
From the book Riyad-us-Saliheen by Islam Kotob Chapter 80
“The political system of Islam is totally incompatible with western democracy. The concept of government party and the opposition is alien to Islam. All belong to one Ummah with only one goal and pursue the same aims and objects of Islamic guidelines!”
Perhaps Merkel has changed her mind because too many of the one million refugees whom she invited into Germany have no connection to western culture and more than that, oppose it. Muslim antisemitism is on the rise. A 14-year-old was beaten, kicked and threatened with a replica gun after he revealed to fellow pupils that he was Jewish. Muslim pupils told him “Muslims hate Jews. All Jews are murderers.”
Germany, like much of western Europe, is also facing a dramatic increase in crime from immigrants who bring with them a way of life that is anathema to western values and who seem to be unable or unwilling to acculturate.
As Seth J. Frantzman wrote in the Jerusalem Post last December, “They hate the very society they have often chosen to migrate to. Their new society tolerated their intolerance and taught them that this new country provided such unfettered freedom that it should be destroyed.”
Joseph Klein quoted Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, in his article in Frontpage Magazine: “If we don’t confront this soon (migration), we will find ourselves with millions of people on our doorstep within five years. Today we are trying to solve a problem of a few thousand people, but we need to have a strategy for millions of people.”
There was a time when the pond between Europe and North America protected us from invading ideologies. No more.
I leave you with the words of the late George Jonas, columnist for the National Post in Canada.