Baroness Cox: ‘Militant Islam poses the greatest threat to our culture’
Cranmer is unsure if there is or can be a non-totalitarian form of Islam, but The Guardian concedes there is a distinction to be drawn. The concern for them is not Islam, but ‘a particular type of politicised religious identity’. It includes ‘anti-western feelings’, and a sense of ‘victimisation’.
Ideological Islam, which Paul Goodman has termed ‘Islamism’, is increasingly viewed at Westminster as being incompatible with liberal democracy. It is antithetical the Judeo-Christian foundation of the United Kingdom; to the ‘spiritual, political and cultural values on which this nation has been based over the centuries’. Fusing faith and freedom, the Baroness implicitly defended the Protestant Settlement which has made the United Kingdom what it is, bestowing religious liberty upon all subjects of Her Majesty.
Other speakers at the meeting compared Islamism to the threat posed by Soviet Communism, with one stating that it was reminiscent of the threat of Nazi Germany. ‘We feel ourselves living in the 1930s all over again,’ the Baroness said. The choice before us is between appeasement and confrontation. The former is permitting the Islamist creed to spread; the latter is seen as politically unacceptable to the short-term shallowness of contemporary politics.
In his comparison of the Shari’a-obsessed Islamists with the BNP, did David Cameron give an indication of future Conservative policy on this crucial matter? He warned: "If we want to live together, we need to bring down the barriers that divide us. And today, I can feel the barriers going up, not coming down." He continued: "The BNP pretend to be respectable, but their creed is pure hate.”
Eschewing all notions of multiculturalism, rejecting the (over-)sensitivities of the Mohammedans, could it be that the Conservative leader is really more Churchill than Chamberlain?