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Time to don the Breastplate of Righteous Indignation

Horrors! Shudders! Gasp! Just what is going on? That Swedish Lesbish (new ecclesiastical title for those mitred Friends of Dorothy) of Stockholm has declared churches and cathedrals must remove all crosses and provide a prayer space for the religion which must not be named. On top of that, some Anglican vicar here has suggested the church should facilitate a second baptism for those who are transitioning, so that John can be renamed Joanne and vice versa (I believe in Canada you can be imprisoned for ‘mis-gendering’ someone), and on top of that… another vicar is swinging with Momentum and thinks Bolshevik revolution is the plat de jour.  If I were not a prelate’s spouse, I’d swim the Tiber (but the Marxists have already got their Man at the Top in the Vatican, so hopey-changey á l’Obama is coming there too). The Church of England, once the Conservative Party at prayer, is now the Socialist Society for Secular Sedition.

A tsunami of Orwellianism has swept across the Western world, and one feels like one is in a leaky canoe riding the crest, bailing out frantically in a desperate attempt to remain afloat. My Lord the Bishop asked at breakfast if I could explain to him how Comrade Corbynov, who lost the election, can claim to have won it, whilst Mrs. Dismay, who gained more votes across the country than ever, lost it? And how come Wee Jimmy Krankie across the border lost over twenty seats, but still ‘Speaks for Scotland?’ If calling for mass demonstrations ‘To get the Tories out’ is a sign of a healthy democracy (and not a potential coup d’etat), what is to be made of a Muslim Labour MP calling for right-wing demonstrations to be banned? And how come the Mayor of London sees no irony in condemning extremism on the one hand and sanctioning an Al-Quds march through London Streets where police turned a blind eye to the waving of Hezbollah flags whilst ignoring genuine complaints about said flag from the public? I fear I was at a loss, my flabber totally gasted by it all.

A ripple or two of the above-mentioned tidal wave has even washed up in Barchester, hitherto largely immune from the collective insanity of these dark days, no doubt thanks to being twinned with Brigadoon. However, a deputation of scruffy looking fellows arrived at the door of The Palace on Wednesday demanding to see my Lord the Bishop, who fortunately was attending the patronal feast at the parish of St. Jude the Obscure and therefore unavailable. I asked them their purpose, and was told, quite brusquely, that The Palace was to be ‘requisitioned’ by the state to house the homeless masses cast out by heartless capitalism. Fortunately, at that moment, the Archdeacon called, and was able to scatter the jobsworth Corbynistas with considerable momentum (and fluent Anglo-Saxon).

“They go too far, dear lady, much too far,” said the Archdeacon, settling into the armchair as Mr. Slope served Earl Grey and hobnobs.

“This faux-virtuous posturing, all done in the name of the dispossessed, poor and needy, is but smoke and mirrors. The only game in town is power-grabbing. Everything that holds our society together has, in their book, to go: marriage, families, Christianity, property… and have no doubt, your excellent biscuits will be on their seizure-list somewhere. These foul-mouthed jargon-spewing work-shy eugenicists with their equality-diversity codswallop and fluff-filled belly buttons want to usher in their brave new world of gonad-crushing state totalitarianism. They have no scruples – transgendered surgery has seen to that!  We must resist the ‘Hate not Hopers’, madam, at all costs.”

“Goodness!” I replied, taking a sip from my spode. One has to admire the Archdeacon’s ability to see the world for what it is, and what it is about to become if we are not careful. I fear however, we may be too late.

Our conversation moved on to the reported ‘revenge attack’ carried out in the High Street yesterday. One fears The Jupiter over-sensationalised matters, but that’s the nature of the beast. Mustafa Fatwah and some of his thirty sons were unloading boxes into the ‘Does My Bomb Look Big in This Boutique and Grocery Emporium’ when poor Mr. Bunce, wobbling over the cobbles on his Penny Farthing, ran into him. Poor Bunce landed on top of one of the wooden crates, causing it to smash and thus revealing the bundles of dynamite inside.  Instantly the poor old man was surrounded by the thirty swarthies shouting, screaming and demanding his head. A passer-by ran to fetch the police, and Constable Knapweed arrived just in the nick of time before Bunce was strung up on a lamppost.

“Now then, now then, what have we ‘ere,” said the constable in time-honoured tradition.

“Terrorist attack!” yelled the inflamed Mustafa Fatwah.

“It were no such thing,” muttered the shocked and bewildered Bunce, “One of me bicycle clips came loose and got stuck in me spokes.”

“And what are these ‘ere?” said Constable Knapweed, pointing towards the dynamite sticks scattered across the pavement.

“Diwali candles,” said Mustafa Fatwah quickly.

“Hmmmm,” said the constable, “But I didn’t know you was Hindoo…”

“We are being ecumenical,” said Fatwah. “But it is my perception this was a hate-crime, which, under present legislation, trumps everything. Constable, arrest that man!”

“I’m afraid the exotic gentleman is right, Mr. Bunce. You’re nicked. Perhaps you’d light one of those candles for me, Mr. Fatwah?”

“You can count on it,” replied the wily Mustafa.

So my dears, the wind of change is blowing through the alleyways of Barchester as it is, I fear, throughout the land. This proposed Commission for Countering Extremism is set to become the Star Chamber of our time, rooting out heresies contra-Marxismus and imposing conformity with menaces on all and sundry. Time to don the Breastplate of Righteous Indignation and nail 95 Thespians to the church door at Wittenburg (starting with Lily Allen). Until next week dear friends, be strong, be vigilant, be Anglican.

  • Maalaistollo

    In 1914 Sir Edward Grey remarked: ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.’ In 2017 substitute ‘the World’ for ‘Europe.’

    • john in cheshire

      But perhaps one day those lampposts will bear strange fruit.

      • Maalaistollo

        Most of us will have our ‘little lists’.

      • Anton

        “If you do not repent, I will come and remove your lampstand” – Rev 2:5.

  • len

    Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.( Isaiah 5.20)
    That time is now.

    • John

      Steady on len, you’ll have the anti-extremism squad banging your door down and arresting you for hate crime for quoting Bible verses like that.

      • len

        I think I may be past caring 😉

  • bluedog

    Heavens, Mrs P, you are are serious minded thing. One imagined that in this of all weeks you would be telling us about your Glastonbury look, how you have managed to co-ordinate your crinoline and parasol with the colour of your Hunter wellies. One suspects Mrs May would have had more fun putting in an appearance at Glasto than she had at dinner with the po-faced Euro27. Might have even succeeded in cultivating the yoof vote before Jezza gets there. Anyway, chin up, old girl.

    • Manfarang

      Imagine they are singing Auferstanden aus Ruinen at Glasto. Who would have thought.
      Here is a link. You can all join in.
      ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgdhg_GSyu8

      • bluedog

        It won’t catch on.

        • Manfarang

          Stirring stuff. Don’t speak too soon. With Jezza all things are possible,especially if you have done some bicycling.

          • bluedog

            I’ve spent more time on Auferstanden and in symphonic form it’s an excellent anthem, easier to appreciate without the vocals. So, maybe it will catch on, something to borrow one day!

      • Anton

        Only when you supply the missing ‘h’ at the start of ‘http’

        • Manfarang

          Oh dear Thank you for pointing that out.

          • Anton

            To your delight?

          • Manfarang

            Not really. It is what take control is going to lead to.

  • Inspector General

    Good Day to you, Mrs Proudie.

    You find the Inspector busily packing, dear heart. He’s off to Stockholm. He believes that if he can permanently deny the bishop-lesbian her cat, further orders from her true master will cease. Right, one will need a sack, and there’s a brick somewhere in the yard.

    • Ray Spring

      Wonderful. Do the deed at night and rid the world of another cat. Cats are evil, horrid things. Spreading disease and death. Exterminate them.

      • bluedog

        One is of course, a dog-person. But one recognises that cats have their place, killing rats and mice, those bearers of the plague and other maladies, to say nothing of fleas.

        • Inspector General

          “Verily, I say to you. Find from among yourselves a dumb animal. And that shall be your bishop”

          • Anton

            Would do a better job

      • Anton

        Spreading disease? Pope Gregory IX’s Bull Vox in Rama, stating in the 1230s that devil-worship involved cats, led to their mass killing, plausibly hastening the spread of the Black Death via rats a few generations later.

        • Dominic Stockford

          How did he know? Had he taken part?

          • Anton

            Most likely he accepted verbatim the reports from Inquisitors like Conrad of Marburg

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_von_Marburg

            who tortured confessions out of people – who would consequently say anything to try to get the torture to stop. That is the origin of witches flying on brooms as well. Yet Aristotle had pointed out that torture was as likely to elicit lies as truth, for that reason (Rhetoric, 1.15.26).

      • len

        Blocked the Inspector some time ago(along with’ Linus’) , best thing I ever did.
        Anyone who hates cats is a suspect character I have found.

        • bluedog

          How many, len?

          • Inspector General

            Len has 7 cats. They are all doubly incontinent. It is said you can smell Len’s place from 100 yards away…

          • bluedog

            One hopes they are neutered.

          • Anton

            Get more than one cat and they tend to spray competitively, but as a rule doggy houses are far more smelly. And noisier.

          • len

            My cats don`t spray indoors and I’ve got six, including some rescue cats .
            My wife does dog walking and I sometimes accompany her, my wife picks up the dog poo though I must admit I am a bit squeamish about that.

          • Anton

            Glad she does, in a town. What is truly weird is people who bag it up when their dog dumps along a country lane – where the mess does no harm to man and will decay naturally – and then leave it there, transformed into long-lasting noxious litter.

          • len

            How many what?

          • bluedog

            Pussy-cats, len.

          • len

            Six at the moment, including one cat 20 yrs of age and still going strong

          • CliveM

            Beasts of Satan, devils spawn the lot of them.

            They give me asthma and puffy eyes!

          • len

            My cats are little angels(mostly)

  • bluedog

    Actually, you’re right Mrs P, one recants, completely.

    Having read the wall-to-wall taqqiya from Sajda Khan in the Daily Telegraph, one sees how our political elites are so easily conned. Communicants are urged to read this exercise in disingenuity with a stiff drink in the hand, certainly well before bed-time too. The alternative is likely to be a sleepless night.

    Since when has Islam preached ‘… respect for the rule of law which the Qur’an commands Muslims to uphold.’ Is all they want is sharia, that’s what Islam commands.

    • Anton

      Disraeli is said to have spoken of lies, damned lies and statistics. Should the third word be changed to taqiyya?

      • bluedog

        Immediately.

    • Anton

      It is a while since I desisted from regular newspaper reading, partly to save time and eyesight and partly under the growing realisation that even the better newspapers offer essentially ephemera and that significant news can be absorbed in 5 minutes daily online. Admittedly the Telegraph was last to go, but I cannot read Sajda Khan’s piece because it is behind the “premium” paywall. Perhaps that’s as well.

      • bluedog

        Even if you don’t subscribe they will let you read two premium pieces a week.You just have to give them your email address.

        • Anton

          For them to give to the rest of the world to spam me with?

          • bluedog

            No. It shouldn’t work like that. There’s probably a box you can untick to avoid being bombarded with offers of merchandise you don’t need.

          • Anton

            I’m grateful for the information but will leave it at that. Two freebies per week isn’t much anyway!

    • Dominic Stockford

      Mr Goldsmiths advisers were right when they put out various information about Mr Khant during the mayoral campaign. Unfortunately London is so far gone it was too late.

      • Anton

        Sajda Khan isn’t Sadiq Khan.

      • bluedog

        The article appears to be a form of self-promotion, enabling the author to apply for a post on the commission.

  • Manfarang

    Transgendered surgery? Cut price at the Yanhee International Hospital.

    • Inspector General

      Most trannys never do get the surgery. Those who do tend to be 10 to 15 years down the line of transitioning. Or as your Inspector would have it, the progression of the psychosis…

      • Manfarang

        You undertake personal inspections no doubt.

        • Inspector General

          Let’s just say one has a feeling for the subject…

          • Royinsouthwest

            Steady on Inspector. I just looked up belladonna or deadly nightshade in the American medical website WebMD and it gave a long list of conditions but said there was insufficient evidence that belladonna improved any of them. There is, however, plenty of evidence about its side effects.

  • David

    Thank you Mrs Proudie for another most excellent summary of the week’s events, all tinged with good humour and Barchester common sense, which is far better than Common Purpose.
    I do urge you to encourage the Archdeacon to run the long overdue, compulsory classes for all Anglican clerics on how “to see the world for what it is”. For it is so obviously fallen, desperately in need of repentance and God’s salvation, not left-liberal moral relativism; there is no salvation except through Christ !

  • Royinsouthwest

    Even if “our” government fails to silence you Mrs. Proudie they can still make trouble by asking the Health and Safety people in Barchester to seize your hobnobs and take them away for analysis.

  • len

    Some have jumped into the Tiber Mrs Proudie never to be heard of or seen again.
    They say there is a strong flow of water pulling one down stream so no effort is required, one simply goes with the flow .One is swiftly carried past the sweetly calling sirens and through that ominous portal over which is written ‘Abandon Hope All Who Enter Here’ This is the Vatican of course.

    Here’s a little ode to bolster you up.

    Ode to Martin Luther
    ‘Your scholarly Ninety-five theses challenged a lost papal church.
    You wielded the sword and divided the marrow from the bone exposing that no godly treasures could be sold.
    Disputation on selling indulgences, inner spiritual repentance, true sorrow over sin not mere external sacramental confession. Repent and believe.
    You revealed anew salvation to be received as a free gift of God’s grace through faith alone in Christ Jesus alone not by works.
    Heavenly treasures sprang forth, a fountain of forgiveness. Paid in full. Sacrificial love. Victory over sin and death. New nature birthing into a new life yielding spiritual fruits. A changed heart.
    Bible final authority. Translated for the common man. Read. The truth shall set you free indeed. ‘

    Ode to Martin Luther
    Written by Rosie Coyne

    • David

      “No sooner doth the coin in the coffer ring
      than the soul from purgatory doth spring !”

      To quote a little ditty, used as a marketing tool by the indulgence salesmen.

      Luther set us free from all that deception, reconnecting us with Biblical truth. The 500th anniversary of the start of the Luther sparked reformation will soon be upon us, in September I believe.

      • Anton

        October 31st.

        • Ivan M

          I guess this means Ms May has to move the Embassy to Jerusalem or face the wrath of Jehovah. You reckon she will share the fate of Wilson, Callaghan, Major, Cameron and other apostates of the true faith in Zionism?

          • Anton

            Harold Wilson wrote a large book called The Chariot of Israel which was highly sympathetic to that nation.

      • I wonder what he’d make of some of the doctrines floating around the CoE at the moment.

      • betteroffoutofit

        Luther?
        I never heard so much fuss about Luther; whatever is all this euSSR/German influence doing to us!!!
        He was a catalyst in a long-drawn-out process at best. Definitely not the originator or cause.

        • Ivan M

          Unless they control the commanding heights of the armed forces, so called Marxists are stuck in various poses of revolutionary infantalism as Lenin would have put it.

    • Cressida de Nova

      len’s got awful and aggressive cats
      which got into some very nasty spats
      with gentle cats of catholic neighbours
      who were only kind and did him favours

      he invited benedict and his cat to tea
      to see if he could get some advice for free
      len said leave your money at the door
      i’m starting a cat’s home for the protestant poor

      benedict said sure that will be fine
      repent my son and heed the true sign
      start practising dog paddle for the long hard swim
      the tiber awaits you – lose weight and get trim
      i know there are things you cannot afford
      so i’m even sending you a new sandwich board

      • Anton

        Len has six very fine cats
        You reckon too many but that’s
        Just your opinion Cressie
        And says who that his home is messy?

        • len

          Ours is a nice house ours is
          It’s got no rats or mouses
          The roof’s on the top of our pretty little shack
          The front’s at the front
          The back’s at the back
          Ours is a nice house ours is
          It’s got no rats or mouses

          • Manfarang

            Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the evening
            Sunshine through them

      • len

        Benny and his cat for tea?,
        not so sure that’s for me?
        thank you for the sandwich board, I will add it to my hoard.
        perhaps you will call round for tea some time?,
        I am sure we’ll get on fine.

        • Anton

          This is definitely not doggerel.

    • Dominic Stockford

      Jumping into the Tiber is not as bad as crossing it, but both lead to destruction.

      • Anton

        Certainly it didn’t do Tosca much good.

  • Dominic Stockford

    When I sing the hymn “We rest on thee…” I always imagine myself held safely in the hands of our great and glorious God. It rather helps at times like these.

    • Watchman

      That hymn always reminds me of that wonderful book “Through Gates of Splendour” by Elisabeth Elliot: the story of the five young men murdered by the auca Indians and how God work even through such tragedy.

  • IanCad

    What with HG sounding the trumpet, and now your glorious screed – wonderful stuff!!

    Disheartened?? Yes, but there is hope that a meatier breed of young lads are coming on.

    This story gives me hope:

    http://www.devonlive.com/schoolboys-wear-skirts-at-exeter-school-in-protest-of-no-shorts-policy/story-30403193-detail/story.html

    Will it be Devon men who overthrow the tyranny of idiot educators and treasonous politicians? Let’s hope that the blood of Drake and Grenville and Raleigh will re-emerge to lead our country into a new dawn of liberty and prosperity.

  • Anton

    Headline: ”Government policy blamed as 70 die in tower block disaster”.

    When asked on TV, “You don’t think the divisions in society are partly to blame? You’re quite happy with how things are?”, the Prime Minister responded: “There IS a division in society today – between those who want to work and abide by and uphold the laws of the land and an increasing number of what it is fashionable to call the disaffected, the disadvantaged, the differently motivated.”

    The above is from episode 4 of To Play The King (1993).

    • bluedog

      Move over Mahommed and Nostradamus.

      Michael Dobbs is the Final Prophet.

  • Thank you Mrs Proudie.

    Listening to Comrade Corbynov at Glasto. the only person who could counter him in style and passion would be Nigel Farage. I can’t ever see Mrs Dismay giving such a rousing speech.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/24/corbyn-mania-grips-crowds-glastonbury-festival-thousands-turn/

  • not a machine

    Very good Mrs Proudie ,I was also interested in Times clergyman explaining why we no longer fight evil although my lack of fee paying only got me the first paragraph , surprised his grace hasn’t spotted it .
    I was contemplating that the 97 election may have been more important in the outcome of happiness in this country , however that hindsight does not really do much now that election put in place the mechanisms that operate , I am seeing how this is to be played out , how sovereign countries are ruined , how we all going to be made to forget whatever isn’t progressive. Rightous indignation is perhaps one route , we are not a culture that has passionate rows in the street .
    I was thinking about Mr Junker , a man whose whole career was made possible because something emerged out of WW2 that cost so many lives ,this country gave a great deal in blood sweat and tears to be free of progressive agenda in another form , it was the free people that liberated ..having liberated these countries we now find that they themselves do not see that same freedom , they do not respect what we want , why we want it and who we used to be ,because they have crushed the same constructs of culture in the unification demands .
    the trouble with a lie ,a physcological induced lie , is if it is imperfect in creating people that become keepers of what is good then it will be questioned .For the religion of socialism it may not be long before it is found wanting an 1997 will be a question of error stretching out to link with the what is with us today.

  • Chefofsinners

    ‘Don the breastplate’? He’s been called a few things, but that’s a new one.

    It’s the sword of the Spirit for me, old gal. I stand with the lovely Andrea Wholesome, telling journalists to show a little patriotism. See them howl like wounded dogs. What sport! Give ’em a poke – they don’t like it up ’em.

    Meanwhile the helmet of subversion, Mr Corbyn Monoxide, continues to spew his noxious gases across the nation. The election victory tour has now arrived at the Glastonbury stage. Surveying that vast sea of drugs, nose rings, tents and chemical toilets gave us a vision of life under a Labour government. Camden Council has it all in hand, you know.

    • Ivan M

      LSD and pot heads are to lead the coming revolution. Where have I heard this before?

      • Royinsouthwest

        If Corbyn remembers it he wasn’t there!

    • len

      Corbyn seems to have fallen in love with the TV cameras and follows them faithfully wherever they go.
      The media though often build up their subjects only to tear them down again.

      • Royinsouthwest

        If it rains at Wimbledon then perhaps Jeremy Corbyn will decide to do a Cliff Richard and lead the crowd in singing. The only problem might be that the crowd are not very familiar with the words of the Red Flag. However there is another song which has the chorus below which some people may remember. Verses to accompany the chorus are often improvised and I’m sure Corbyn could manage that and teach the crowd the words.

        Free Beer for all the workers
        Free Beer for all the workers
        When the Red Revolution comes along

        • Ivan M

          People in socialist Venezuela even though awash in oil, are digging through rubbish bins even as the Glastonbury nuts are singing about love and brotherhood. Corbyn is a foolish socialist who will bring many to the edge of destitution. But the UK papers prefer Assad and Putin as villians.

        • Anton

          If true, it means there is one reason to vote for him anyway.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I love ‘Corbyn Monoxide’ and will no doubt use the term hereafter….

      • Anton

        On hearing a witticism Oscar Wilde commented “I wish I’d said that.” Came the reply: “You will, Oscar, you will…”

        • Pubcrawler

          James Whistler was the other party.

    • Anton

      It is very strange that everybody in Cervantes appears to be called Donald.

      • Chefofsinners

        I recall someone posting here once under the name Donkey Hotay. Regrettably his comments didn’t live up to the quality of his name.

        • IrishNeanderthal

          In such as class-conscious society as exists in England, the knight would have stayed at the Don Quijotel while the squire would have had to make do with the Donkey Hotel.

  • Linus

    There will come a time when the missives of the Crinolined Cassandra can’t actually get any more bitter and tremulous. She will have exhausted the possibilities of the English language for conveying impotent rage and malevolent hatred. She’ll be forced to learn another language in order to give new voice to her petty and childish emotions. As a true Englishwoman, this she will utterly refuse to do and as a result, will be reduced to tortured and unbearable silence.

    The pressure will build. The noxious hatred will back up and she’ll swell to gigantic proportions like a frilled and furbelowed blimp. Finally some innocent little chap won’t be able to resist the temptation of giving her a short, sharp prick and kaboom! Blood, guts and Alien-style battery acid will be flung far and wide across the Shires. England will melt, sinking down ´neath the waves in fulfillment of all her dire warnings. She will have encompassed her own doom and that of her country, all because of a xenophobic refusal to learn a few words of French. Or German. Or any other language except grunting Anglo-Saxon.

    Uneasy lies the belly that wears the whalebone stays, Mrs Proudie. And it isn’t just trapped wind that’s making you feel so uncomfortable. That growing feeling of doom and dread you sense in the pit of your stomach is the first sign that it’s all starting to back up. Soon even M. Eiffel’s patented cast iron gut restrainers won’t be able to hold it all in and you’ll be forced to call on a whole team of couturiers from M. Worth’s circus tent department to drape your bulging form in ever-increasing quantities of organza and taffety. And then when it all goes bang, the mess!

    But it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Be it by Brexit or the explosion of an acid-tongued termagant and the ecological disaster that follows, Europe will finally be rid of you.

    Rejoice!

    • Chefofsinners

      As short, sharp prick, you say? How very self-perceptive.

      • Linus

        Do believe me when I say that I and my equipment, whatever its dimensions might be, won’t be going anywhere near La Proudie.

        When she goes pop, the culprit will be one of her own porcine race. Probably that archdeacon she describes in such panting and lascivious detail.

    • bluedog

      Words like ‘cretin du dimanche’, ‘Gay Paree’ and ‘nothing better to do’ float through one’s mind.

    • Inspector General

      Good day to you, Passepartout.

      One is now used to your ravings of bitterness, no doubt reflecting an unhappy existence. Not just of concern to you, but for others you break down in caustic tears in front of.

      However. You commit a crime. English is the language of the world. The only requirement asked of the Englishman or Englishwoman is that they speak it well. No need to learn the minor tongues still in use, like French. Not unless an individual chooses to do so. And the language of the EU once the UK has departed. Why English, of course. It couldn’t be anything else, could it…

    • Anton

      Cassandra was actually right, but nobody wanted to listen.

      Do pay attention in your Classics lessons…

  • David

    Listening to the honeyed but dangerous, vacuous thoughts of Comrade Corbyn on the stage at Glastonbury has impressed upon me one particular thought. All conservatives, including the few remaining within the Parliamentary Conservative Party, need to accept the challenge of explaining to our younger people the inherent moral superiority of conservatism.
    After years of exposure to left wing ideology there is a culture war to be waged in their hearts and minds; until it is won the country will continue to be in danger of being dragged into the dismal, doomed-to-fail pit of socialism and PC thought destruction. Of course if the socialists ever gained power the disasters that would soon follow would be a powerful antidote to their youthful naiveté, but it would then take years of hard work to rebuild.
    This is perhaps the most important long term task facing all those who love liberty, democracy and true justice.

    • Manfarang

      The values of harmony, benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom, honesty, loyalty, and respect for your parents.

    • Inspector General

      One has only met ‘normal’ people who have attended Glastonbury. For those that have, it was for them, a one off. To see what it’s all about. They won’t be going again. For a few others, yes, they will go back. But they’re in no hurry. It won’t be the following year, or the year after that. That’s for sure.

      Corbyns glorious reception there should be seen in that context, David.

    • Anton

      The thing about Corbyn is that he’s a conviction politician. He is sincere. He means what he says, even though it is utter nonsense. There is something attractive about that. The Tories need somebody to match. I would have few qualms about a second general election this year if the Tories were led by the right man.

  • For your encouragement, may I point all you dear folk to an article in the Sunday Telegraph of June 18th entitled, ‘One in Six Youngsters Joins Church’?
    According to this article, a survey by ComRes showed that 13% of 1-18 year-olds say thay are regular churchgoers and 21% describe themselves as ‘active followers of Jesus.’ Apparently ComRes were so astonished by this research that they did not publish it until another survey released by ‘Youth for Christ’ was released showing similar figures. A survey in 2006 suggested that church attendance among teenagers was less than half of these figures.
    .
    These statistics do not astonish those of us who are Gideons and have seen the much-increased openness of youngsters in recent years. In the Universities also, the Christian Unions have been growing and evangelical churches in University cities are often choc-a-bloc full of students these days.
    So cheer up, mu old dears, and pray like never before along the lines of Isaiah 64 and Daniel 9! God is starting to move in Britain today, and who is going to prevent Him?

    ‘Therefore the LORD says…….,”Ah, I will ease Myself of My adversaries, and take vengeance on My enemies. I will turn My hand against you and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy. I will restore your judges as at first, and your counsellors as at the beginning. Afterwards you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city”‘
    (Isaiah 1:24-26).

    • Linus

      One in six, eh?

      Now that’s spooky. 16.66 percent. The number of the Beast. What further proof of the apocalypse being almost upon us do you need?

      Seriously though, if this survey you quote was taken in urban areas, the figures don’t surprise me. The Afro-Carribean population, which is heavily over-represented in such areas, along with other Christian immigrant groups like the Poles could certainly account for these numbers.

      What really matters is that 5 out of 6, or 83.4 percent of youngsters have not joined a church. You therefore have a long way to go before you can claim that society is being rechristianised.

      At the moment secular society doesn’t feel threatened by whatever growth there may (or may not) be in Christianity. But if that were to change, you can be sure the reaction would be swift and decisive. No repression of course, except perhaps of extremist cults who try to impose their worldview on those around them. But education, to arm young people with the intellectual weapons they need to resist the dark forces of religious obscurantism.

      Everyone should be free to choose. Just as you are.

      • Inspector General

        So you come here. To arm young people with intellectual weapons. That’s commendable. What is surprising is that it’s advocated by you, a keyboard promoter of Sodomy. Don’t forget to tell them that. They need to be ‘fully informed’ wouldn’t you say. They need to know YOUR angle. You own obscurantism…

      • Anton

        Actually it’s 16.67% to four significant figures, 16.6666666666etc otherwise.

        • Linus

          If you round it up then yes. But real Christians don’t round up, do they? No, they calculate the coming of the Beast to the nth decimal point.

          • Anton

            I think you mean the nth decimal place. There’s only one decimal point.

    • Anton

      Here’s the Telegraph link of the story:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/17/one-six-young-people-christian-visits-church-buildings-inspire/

      Excellent news! It seems the education system is failing to teach secular values despite its most insidious efforts.

    • David

      I was aware that the evangelical churches in University cities attract many young people, so I should not be surprised to hear that the CUs are growing. Let us hope that, that interest and enthusiasm could also be transmitted to the less academic as well. Society has swung back to God before, as in the 1820s, and I have no doubt that, when The Spirit wills it, it will happen again. So yes we need to pray with sincerity.

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  • Lucius

    I did not believe it upon my first read, but it turns out the author is correct, the “Bishop of Stockholm” did suggest removing crosses from Churches to prepare the building to be used for Muslim prayer. Her justification: to do any less would make one “stingy towards people of other faiths.” To my knowledge, Jesus Christ became visibly angry only once in the Scripture, which is when he drove the money changers out of the Temple, crying that His Father’s House was not a “house of trade.” Yet, this “bishop” would deliberately deface the Father’s House by removing crosses and references to our Lord and Savior, so that others, who will openly deny His Divinity in their own worship, can do so in comfort out of some misguided notion of “diversity”?

    The Jews bared their own necks to protect the Temple from being defiled by pagan images of their Roman overlords (War 2:175-203 (Williamson translation)). Countless Russian Orthodox Christian priests were butchered protecting their Churches and parishioners from militant secularism. Yet, this “bishop” would now voluntarily remove the Cross, deface the Church, and celebrate a faith that denies Christ’s divinity in Christ’s own Church? This is not “tolerance,” this is capitulation. This is not supporting others in the free practice of their faith, this is degenerating, devaluing, and marginalizing your own faith. It’s shameful.

    • grutchyngfysch

      Not a bishop of the Church of Christ. She’s not devaluing her own faith: she’s exalting it by devaluing Christianity.

      These people are not Christians in any way shape or form.