Squaring the Culture




"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

02/03/2008 (8:29 am)

The New Muslim Invasion

Let me draw your attention to two useful articles about the threat Islam poses to the West, and how the West is confronting it. In the first, Vasko Kohlmayer explains at The American Thinker “Why American Evangelicals are the West’s Last Hope.” (Warning — it’s long.) In the second, Belgian journalist Paul Belien compares Europe’s capitulation with America’s resistance.

The premise of these articles is sound: only in Christianity does the West find the will to resist the spread of Islam.

Particularly frightening is their assessment of the plight of Europe, in which hundreds of neighborhoods have become little Muslim sub-countries — Sharia law is so strong there that the national governments cannot enforce their own laws, and turn a blind eye to honor killings, female mutilation, and polygamy. Kohlmayer observes that Europe, given over to hedonism, has lost the will to fight for its liberty, and has simply surrendered.

Kohlmayer quotes Belien:

In Europe a secularized post-Christian culture is facing a Muslim one. The secularized culture is hedonist and values only its present life, because it does not believe in an afterlife. This is why it will surrender when threatened with death because life is the only thing it has to lose. This is why it will accept submission without fighting for its freedom. Nobody fights for the flag of hedonism, not even the hedonists themselves.

America stands alone against the worldwide spread of Islam, Kohlmayer and Belien both argue, because of Evangelicalism. In the Middle Ages, it was Christian military leaders fighting for their homes and lands who halted the spread of Islam: Charles Martel and Charlemagne stopped the Moors from invading beyond Spain, and Ferdinand finally succeeded in pushing them back to Africa. Europe abandoned Christianity, and now lacks the will to defend herself; there’s a causal connection there. But this will still survives in America.

Belien again:

By subverting the roots of its own Judeo-Christian culture – a process that started with the French Enlightenment (as opposed to the Scottish Enlightenment, which was not anti-religious) – a religious and cultural vacuum was created at the heart of European civilization. The collapse of faith in its own values has, not surprisingly, led to a demographic collapse because a civilization that no longer believes in its own future also rejects procreation. Today, a new religion and culture is supplanting the old one. There is little one can do about it, but hope for a miracle…

America’s “conservative reserves” are far stronger than Europe’s, because America, unlike secular Europe, has remained rooted to a larger extent in traditional Christian values. I do not doubt that if these values continue to decline in the U.S., American culture will collapse as European culture and civilisation have collapsed. However, America can learn from the impending European catastrophe, and avoid a similar fate.

If these gentlemen are correct, then we owe an immense debt of gratitude to George W. Bush, who has weathered unimaginable attacks against his reputation and character to persist in leading a strong defense of the West against the current Muslim invasion. Bush has carried out the defense while the majority of those he was defending were assaulting him for making the attempt. Whatever we might think of him regarding other policy choices, his defense of the West has been courageous and effective, and is the great achievement of his presidency.

Multiculturalism makes it difficult for Westerners to address the fact that Islam intends to dominate the world. We want to play nice and show respect for their beliefs; it’s our way, and we’re proud of it. However, multiculturalism offers no ground from which to oppose a religious force intent on domination.

Evangelicals don’t have this problem, and Evangelical leaders have spoken out publicly about Islam’s true character. Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson have all stated publicly that Islam is a force for violence and evil in the world, and must be opposed.

In the big picture, the irony is that Islam could possibly restore to the West something vital that multiculturalism has robbed from her, a recognition of God’s right to rule. The rejection of God by the West has rendered us largely unable to resist wickedness; we’re more apt to politely acknowledge others’ right to their point of view than to take stands on principle, with the result that much evil goes unchallenged and unchanged. Islam would stamp that out, violently and decisively. And then, it would be Christianity’s challenge to convert the Muslim West to Christianity from the inside.

It’s an unpleasant prospect, offering centuries of oppression under Islam’s heel, but it might be our lot. Europe may already be beyond rescuing. If the Democrats win the presidency in 2008 and continue to control Congress, America might stop resisting the spread of Islam, and go the way of Europe. It would be better to recover our cultural will to fight; but that might require putting polite multiculturalism aside for a century or so, and finding the will to assert that some things are worth fighting for.

Credit The Anchoress for the find, and some relevant discussion.

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6 Comments »

February 3, 2008 @ 4:35 pm #

Hi Phil,

You’re going to have to make up your mind whom you’re aiming at here…is it the multiculturalists who teach tolerance for everyone but the intolerant (which, by definition, would make them as equally militant against fanatic Muslims as they are against fanatic Christians)…?

Or are you aiming at those who treat all viewpoints as equal, even the viewpoint of those who are binding and killing them (which, as far as I can see, are small enough in number as to be negligible)?

Is Christianity being silenced in our society…and wouldn’t Islam face the same fate, if it tried to assert its singular validity as opposed to other views?

February 3, 2008 @ 5:43 pm #

You give too much credit to Bush. Is not he one of those that describes Islam as a religion of peace ? The fact that he fights terrorism has nothing to do with the fight agains Islam.

February 4, 2008 @ 3:10 pm #

darkhorse,

I’m intrigued by the logic that, when you observe an inconsistency in the position taken by multiculturalists, leads you to infer that somehow it’s my position that’s in error. Perhaps you want to rethink that.

In my experience, people are more prone to hold contradictory or inconsistent positions in their core philosophies than not; it’s the norm, not the exception. And while you’re correct in observing the two possible positions that would resolve the inconsistency in multiculturalism, it is still the case that most of modern, Western multiculturalism holds the middle, inconsistent position, treating Islam and other abhorrent religions as co-equal with all others, but systematically and deliberately excluding Christianity.

This, in fact, displays what multiculturalism truly is. The truth is, multiculturalism is simply a fancy-sounding excuse for anti-Christianity. Their excuse is “Well, Christianity is the majority in the West,” as though majority status makes bigotry acceptable or changes the logic in some other way. It doesn’t. They’re just bigots.

March 2, 2008 @ 7:52 am #

[…] And then, there’s Islam. The goal of Islam is, and has always been, world domination in the name of Allah. They choose to spread to where Islam is not preached, and then they assert their faith. Europe has largely lost the will to resist them. Sections of cities are closed to European policemen, and enforce their own law — Sharia. The will to resist Islam largely comes from America’s Evangelicals — another religion. […]

April 24, 2008 @ 2:03 pm #

[…] resurgence of faith in Europe cannot occur too soon, as it’s unlikely that European secularism would put up much of a fight against the evangelistic s… On the home front, we’d better recognize the importance of Christianity to defending our own […]

August 4, 2008 @ 11:43 pm #

Bush did make the mistake of calling Islam a religion of peace. This was a politically correct statement, if not factually correct. However, his stubborn stance on Iraq will be vindicated by history, as will be his stubborn stance against the islamic invasion of the west. The left remain blinded by their faith in the goodness of human behavior. They have nothing worth defending.

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