From my favorite blog, Dispatches from the Culture Wars, comes proof that batshit insanity isn’t only a product of the United States.
Sayeeda Warsi, the co-chair of the Conservative Party in England and a “baroness,” has an absolutely deranged op-ed in the Telegraph where she says that Christianity should be more prominent in England and the rest of Europe and that Muslims and Christians should join forces to oppose secularism.
Deranged? What an uncharitable description. It can’t be that bad. Let’s take a look, shall we?
I will be arguing that to create a more just society, people need to feel stronger in their religious identities and more confident in their creeds. In practice this means individuals not diluting their faiths and nations not denying their religious heritages.
lolwut? Every step towards a more just society has been taken with religion being dragged along behind as it clutches at our ankles. As Ed Brayton says:
What world does she live in? The progress over the last couple hundred in creating more just, free and equal societies is largely the result of the diminishing of religious influence over governments. At nearly every turn and in every country, the most important advances in freedom and equality — ending slavery, giving women the right to vote, protecting the equal rights of racial, ethnic, sexual and, yes, religious minorities — have required overcoming the opposition of the dominant religious creeds and dogmas.
Ok, so maybe the “baroness” is a bit delusional, but deranged? What else does she have to say?
My fear today is that a militant secularisation is taking hold of our societies.
Yep, I can hear the jack-booted atheist thugs marching down the street now.
We see it in any number of things: when signs of religion cannot be displayed or worn in government buildings;
Oh nos! Government’s can’t endorse religion! *panic*
when states won’t fund faith schools;
Because fuck actual education, tax dollars should be used to brainwash children into believing the world is 6000 years old.
and where religion is sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere.
I’m starting to realize that her fears have a lot in common with my desires. Interesting.
It seems astonishing to me that those who wrote the European Constitution made no mention of God or Christianity.
Oh, for fucks sake. Really? Because if you want a blueprint for a western democracy, there is no better place to turn than the Bible. I mean, take the US Constitution for example…… Nevermind.
When I denounced this tendency two days before the Holy Father’s State Visit in September 2010, saying that government should “do God”, I received countless messages of support. The overwhelming message was: “At last someone has said it”.
The government should “do God”? Is that to get back at the Holy Father for covering up his priests “doing children?” That’s probably not what you meant. Anyway, stop the presses! Wingnut praises religion; religious people applaud. How fucking shocking. Two points. One, I seriously doubt the messages of support were really “countless.” Two, the plural of anecdote is not evidence. If I wrote a message of disapproval every time a wingnut said something I disagreed with, I wouldn’t have enough time to breathe. The message was more than likely overwhelming because the people who disagree with you don’t give a shit about what you have to say.
For me, one of the most worrying aspects about this militant secularisation is that at its core and in its instincts it is deeply intolerant.
“Baroness,” project much?
When we look at the deep distrust between some communities today, there is no doubt that faith has a key role to play in bridging these divides. If people understand that accepting a person of another faith isn’t a threat to their own, they can unite in fighting bigotry and work together to create a more just world.
“Hey, we both believe in God, so let’s ignore the fact that we both think the other is damned and pick on those nasty atheists. Once their out of the way, we can shove gay people back in the closet, or kill them if that’s your thing, put women back in the kitchen, burn us some witches and some science books, and build us a ‘just’ world. ”
Ok, Ed. I’ll give you “deranged.”