"Bishop says collapse of Christianity is wrecking British society — and Islam is filling the void," headlines the UKs Daily Mail.
"What should they know of England who only England know?" Pakistani-born Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali of the Church of England quotes Kipling in support of an outsider's ability to see what eludes the locals, and it's huge:
In a lacerating attack on liberal values, the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, said the country was mired in a doctrine of 'endless self-indulgence' that had brought an explosion in public violence and binge-drinking.
In a blow to Gordon Brown, he mocked the 'scramblings and scratchings' of politicians who try to cast new British values such as respect and tolerance.
The Pakistani-born bishop dated the downfall of Christianity from the 'social and sexual revolution' of the 1960s.
Enjoying the freedom to let it all hang out in our salad days at the time, we had no idea of the unforeseen consequences that lay ahead. We did what came naturally and enjoyed the ride. Girls just wanna have fun, after all. Christian values were the farthest thing from our mind.
Dr Nazir-Ali's attack on the decline of Christianity appears to put him in the opposite corner to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and many of his fellow bishops.
But he holds some views in common with the Church's other widely-heard and popular prelate, Ugandan-born Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York …
The bishop warned that views not founded on Christianity would not produce the same values. "Instead of Christian virtues of humility, service and sacrifice, there may be honour, piety, the saving of face, etc,"
Exactly what we've been flogging/blogging here forever, the importance of being noticed. We're reminded of a couple of things we were just talkin' 'bout with our imail correspondent this afternoon. Unforeseen consequences:
We: It's scary how they use high-tech -— ultrasound — to facilitate the ancient practice of female infanticide. Talk about your unforeseen consequences.
She: I was thinking about how Lincoln was reviled, in his day. If we had the instant soundbite in those days, we would be two separate nations now, which could be a good or bad thing. I'm tired of Florida and its problems, aren't you?
We: Big time. And you're right. The soundbite thing is equivalent to ultrasound as far as unforeseen consequences.
As someone out there said today, when you substitute man's law for the laws of nature and nature's God, you're traveling down that well-beaten path to Hell, as George Weigel explained in his powerful essay "Is Europe Dying? Notes on a Crisis of Civilizational Morale" three years back, blogged here:
The proponents of nineteenth-century European atheistic humanism turned this inside out and upside down. Human freedom, they argued, could not coexist with the God of Jews and Christians. Human greatness required rejecting the biblical God, according to such avatars of atheistic humanism as Auguste Comte, Ludwig Feuerbach, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Nietzsche. And here, Father de Lubac argued, were ideas with consequences — lethal consequences, as it turned out. For when you marry modern technology to the ideas of atheistic humanism, what you get are the great mid-twentieth century tyrannies — communism, fascism, Nazism.
And female infanticide on a global scale.
Update: Maggie's links.