Daily Archives: February 7, 2010

The other Hitchens

When I saw the headline on my iGoogle newsreader “The problem isn’t the Pope, it’s the Vatican of political correctness“, I had to have a second look: PETER Hitchens, not Christopher. Right. So what does THIS Hitchens (a writer in the Daily Mail in the UK) have to say, I wondered? Well, here is the gist of it:

Actually, I am uneasy about the Pope telling us what to do. This is part of being British, or was when I was growing up… Even now, I like to roll over my tongue the defiant 37th of the English Church’s 39 articles: ‘The Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this Realm of England.’

The Pope’s warning about growing intolerance of Christianity in the British State should have been issued by the Church of England, and once could have been. But its present leaders are for the most part pretty dim, and almost all liberals – whereas Benedict is a serious thinker, a major intellect and a conservative.

Those who are outraged – or claim to be – about the Pontiff’s warning from Rome are trying to use a force they don’t really sympathise with. Harriet Harman’s ‘Equality’ Bill, a monstrous piece of far-Left fanaticism, flows mainly from the ideas of continental Marxists who knew little of Britain and cared less.

And – here’s the really important bit – its planned attempt to force the Churches to hire openly homosexual employees against their will have originated in that Vatican of political correctness, the European Union. I have the document in front of me, though our leaders have tried to keep it secret and Brussels has never officially released it. It is a ‘Reasoned Opinion’ on ‘infringement No 2006/ 2450’, signed by Commissioner Vladimir Spidla, and it orders the British Government, its subordinate, to amend the law of this country.

It declares that the United Kingdom has ‘failed to fulfil its obligation to transpose correctly Articles 2(4), 4 and 9 of Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000’. It goes on to ‘invite’ this country to ‘take the necessary measures to comply’. If we don’t, we’ll end up being ordered to act by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Beside this peremptory stuff, it seems to me that a sermon from the Bishop of Rome is pretty small beer.

It’s not foreign interference the sexual revolutionaries are against. It’s any sort of opposition to their semi-secret elite plan to do away with traditional morality in these islands and everywhere else. So who is really interfering in our way of life?

Mmm. Chastising sermons, even on matters of morality, seem to be quite acceptable when coming from the EU – but the Pope’s instructions to the English and Welsh Bishops is “foreign interferance” and “preaching”.

I like the way this guy talks. I like this article he wrote last week too: “The great and the good support mercy killing – that’s why I’m so worried”. Significantly, both topics are directly relevant to the situation here in Australia, at least in Victoria. I might keep my eye on what he writes in the future.


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