Islamic fundamentalism and political correctness – Peter Mullen

Fr. Peter Mullen“The Ministry of Truth operated by the Guardianistas and the BBC have delighted in what they call ‘The Arab Spring,’ as if this heralded the advent of ‘democracy’ all across North Africa and the Middle East. As we now learn from events in Egypt, Yemen, Syria, the Sinai – and most recently in Libya – this was always a delusion, a perversion of reality flying in the face of the facts.” – Fr. Peter Mullen

Burning the US flagIt was refreshing to read such a plain and unequivocal line in today’s Telegraph editorial column: “The simple fact is that Islamic fundamentalists are irreconcilable. To them the US will remain the Great Satan.” This was, of course, a comment on the murder of the US ambassador to Libya.

I wonder if, in the midst of all this horror, we might begin to see signs of hope? I mean, might we at last be beginning to escape the mealy-mouthed world of all that has for long remained unsayable. Perhaps there are, after all, limits to political correctness. I dare to breathe the hope that maybe western societies will not die the death of a thousand euphemisms. I thought I detected signs of this dawning sanity just after 9/11. We were shocked into reality then. And we were geared for war. People expected it. There was a creepy silence in the streets of the City of London. There were reassuring signs of seriousness. Then, within a few weeks, under a barrage of media propaganda telling us that 9/11 had nothing to do with Islam, euphemistic orthodoxy and the fatal disease of appeasement returned.

The Illness of the ProphetIt has been with us ever since. The Ministry of Truth operated by the Guardianistas and the BBC have delighted in what they call “The Arab Spring,” as if this heralded the advent of “democracy” all across North Africa and the Middle East. As we now learn from events in Egypt, Yemen, Syria, the Sinai – and most recently in Libya – this was always a delusion, a perversion of reality flying in the face of the facts.

The fact is that a resurgent, militant anti-western Islamic fundamentalism is the gravest threat to civilisation. This is bad news of course. But the good news – as evinced in today’s editorial column – is that finally we are being allowed to name this peril for what it is.

Militant fanaticism wherever and whenever it arises has to be resisted and put down. It was defeated at the Battle of Tours in AD 732. At the siege of Malta in 1565. At Lepanto in 1571. It is not so many centuries since the barbarians were at the gates of Vienna. And without our resistance they will soon be there again.

Don’t take my word for all this. As long ago as the 1820s, Samuel Taylor Coleridge described the scene as:

That erection of a temporal monarch under the pretence of a spiritual authority, which was not possible in Christendom but by the extinction or entrancement of the spirit of Christianity: this was effected in full by Mahomet, to the establishment of the most extensive and complete despotism that ever warred against civilisation and the interests of humanity.

Do I learn from this morning’s editorial that we are at last being allowed to recognise and state this truth? If so, then however dark the hour, there are grounds for hope. – The Telegraph, 14 Sept. 2012

» Fr. Peter Mullen is a priest in the Church of England. This opinion piece is written from his Christian perspective. Indian readers may put it into their Hindu religious and cultural context as they too suffer from an irreconcilable Islamic fundamentalism.

5 Responses

  1. Islamic fundamentalism is biggest threat of hinduism. How can we forget our motherland divided by islamic fundamentalism? To counter this threat india should not turn friends like israel, america and west into enemies.

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  2. Yes, it is time that this thing was named by its proper name. I do not agree with all of the American/West’s policies in the Middle East, but the fact of Islamic fundamentalism cannot be ignored in India. In Kerala, it has become an ominous presence. In the rest of the states it has shown its true colours also.

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  3. They are not forgotten. In fact they are more dangerous. But lets take on the enemy one at a time.

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  4. We must not forget Christian missionaries .

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  5. Prophet Mohammad

    The above poster was purchased in 1999 at Qum, Iran.

    There is a popular belief among Muslims and non-Muslims that Prophet Muhammad may not be depicted in art. This is not true and never has been true. It is a piece of propaganda put out by conservative Wahhabists and other Muslim fundamentalists. Posters of the Prophet and his family may be bought outside the major mosques of Iran and Egypt. A google search for the Prophets images will also reveal dozens of such pictures even from ancient times. Start your search at http://www.hf.uib.no/religion/popularikonografi/exhib02.html

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