God is a Liberal Democrat?
From Mr Alexander Boot:
Whenever complacency sets in and one begins to think one has heard everything, our politicians provide an instant cure. Especially when God Almighty comes up in conversation.
Exponents of vile political creeds have always tried to co-opt the deity to their cause. For example, in1794, having murdered hundreds of thousands, France’s Committee of Public Safety decreed worship of a Supreme Being.
This wasn’t the personal God of the Christians, you understand, but the Cartesian clock-winder, the hands-off chap who got the world going and then lost all interest. He then regained some of it when, according to Robespierre, the time came to do mass murder:
“Is it not he whose immortal hand, engraving on the heart of man the code of justice and equality, has written there the death sentence of tyrants?” Of course it is. Who else could have possibly inspired Robespierre and his friends to drown the Vendée in blood and wipe out whole social classes?
Then back in the ‘60s we were told that Jesus was a revolutionary, a sort of Che Guevara of Galilee. Didn’t Jesus say, “I came not to send peace, but a sword”? There you go then: Jesus came with a sword, so did Che. What other proof do you need? They are both revolutionaries.
Yet the contemporaneous flower children disagreed. Jesus, according to them, taught making not war, but love. God is love, isn’t he? So is sex. Ergo, syllogistically speaking, God is sex. Every time we go at it like rabbits we assert our faith.
Hopeless reactionaries among you may feel that such lines of thought are somewhat remiss in theological subtlety. But that only goes to show that you (and, regretfully, I) are fossils who don’t belong in the modern world.
If you have doubts on that score, the point was made abundantly clear by Minister of State for Pensions Steve Webb. In his introduction to the book Liberal Democrats Do God, Steve claimed God is a fully paid-up member of his party.
“The most fundamental reason why Christians should feel at home in the Liberal Democrats is that the character of God, as revealed in the Christian Gospel, would suggest that God must be a liberal,” wrote Steve. “This assertion will shock or offend some, but I believe that there is no other conclusion that can be drawn from a reading of the New Testament.”
Much as I hate to disappoint any of our rulers, I feel neither shocked nor offended. My feeling is more akin to that of stepping into something disgusting on a pavement, especially on a hot day.
The stench became even stronger when the Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg countered that “God is a Somerset Conservative”. At least some of his tongue was in cheek, which wasn’t the case with Steve Webb.
What’s really worrying is that he was dead serious when writing this drivel: “Those who recognise in the Gospel a deep reverence for human freedom and self-determination will find a natural home in the Liberal Democrats.”
Supporting this vulgarity even on its own terms would require all the mental agility for which our politicians are so justly famous. Even that faculty would come up short without the help of another one with which they are so richly endowed: mendacity.
The LibDems are, not to cut too fine a point, socialists. As such, they support and preach the very opposite of “human freedom and self-determination”.
The defining urge of all socialists is to increase the power of the state over the individual. To that end the LibDems have always come out in favour of extortionist redistributive taxation and ad infinitum growth of government bureaucracy (Steve Webb, for example, voted for increasing the rate of VAT).
At the same time the LibDems are doctrinally committed to undermining England’s ancient constitution, the time-proven guarantor of the very freedom Webb extols. Thus he voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords and making that chamber wholly elected.
While they are at it, the LibDems seek to destroy every institution on which our liberties and “self-determination” rest. The family, for example, is the traditional first line of defence against tyranny. Hence our champions of the Christian notion of freedom (including Steve Webb!) supported the anti-family homomarriage bill with unrelenting enthusiasm.
At the same time, the LibDems express their commitment to national self-determination by scheming to turn Britain into a province of the European Union. Given half the chance, they’d draw us into the euro even now, when the calamitous consequences of this are clear to anyone without obvious learning difficulties.
It’s no wonder that the party is led by a proud, self-proclaimed atheist. What is somewhat surprising is Steve Webb’s sheer bold-faced effrontery.
Do what you must, chaps, go on destroying everything that makes England England. You have the power to do so, and no one who reads the papers will deny you have the inclination.
But please, please leave God alone. He operates in a realm infinitely higher than the one in which you play your silly little games.
This isn’t something you can understand, so concentrate on things that come naturally. Like talking gibberish on every subject in His creation.
Alexander Boot is a writer on political, cultural and religious themes