Thinking about the Lion and the Unicorn
I admire George Orwell, but there are few books with which I disagree more thanThe Lion and the Unicorn. However, Orwell wrote many things that are true in this short volume of essays.
He observed that the common people of England are “without definite religious belief”, but have “retained a deep tinge of Christian feeling, while almost forgetting the name of Christ.” In many Anglo-American countries today, "a deep tinge of Christian feeling" – neighbourly affection and kindness, helping “widows and orphans”, being honest, not stealing or murdering, and keeping religion free from government – deeply influence our societies. The idea increasingly heard in Anglo-American countries that government should provide for neighbours, widows, widowers, orphans, immigrants, and many others is inspired by the Christian idea of love, but the incorrect provider is identified.
Christ did not tell us to love the poor by getting government to do something for them. He asked us to love because he thoroughly understood life. To love someone else is to have a relationship with them. By its nature government cannot have a relationship with people. When I served food to the homeless for seven years at the cathedral, I found the food was not nearly so important as my willingness to really see them and listen to them. This was a form of the love Jesus was talking about, and sometimes it gave them a little of the inspiration they needed to become the people they longed to be.
Orwell went on to write, “The power-worship which is the new religion of Europe and which has infected the English intelligentsia, has never touched the common people.” Orwell was writing about the Fascists, but he could be writing about the proponents of the EU and the EU’s Corpus Juris and European Arrest Warrant. If it is not stopped, Corpus Juris will remove from all British citizens their right to the presumption of innocence, their right to habeas corpus, their right a jury trial by their peers, and their right to see the evidence against them.
Here comes the European Gendarmerie Force (EFG), on its way to Britain to give teeth to the European Union’s Corpus Juris and Arrest Warrant. The EFG has just announced it is operational, and “will continue to develop its capabilities.” Are you inclined to smile at them? Reading Orwell, I don’t think I would.
(Thanks to Torquil Dick-Erikson for alerting me to the EGF.)