"You don't know what you've got till it's gone"
Ignoring death threats received from Muslims, the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, continues to speak out about Britain's past and future, most recently in Standpoint Online.
The bishop throws down a gauntlet
Nazir-Ali grew up a Christian in Pakistan. (He has both a Christian and a Muslim family background.) When he became a bishop in the Anglican Communion in Pakistan, his life was threatened by Muslims. He found refuge in Britain in the 1980s.
Nazir-Ali marvelled at the contrast between the life lived in countries ruled by Muslim theology and those, like Britain, with a Christian inheritance receptive to science, freedom and women's rights.
He was amazed that Britain's multculturalists did not see the contrast. Surely they did not want to live in a theologically dominated culture that oppressed women and non-Muslims and failed vast numbers of people by keeping them in poverty?
In the 1960s Muslims began arriving in large numbers in Britain. At the same time, says the Bishop,
The British were losing confidence in the Christian vision which underlay most of the achievements and values of the culture and, on the other, they sought to accommodate the newer arrivals on the basis of a novel philosophy of 'multiculturalism'.
Multiculturalism proved a disaster because multiculturalism has no real values. It allows ghettos, the male domination of women, and doing your own thing, no matter how destructive.
Early today the Bishop asserted that the Anglican Church had abandoned Britain by refusing to push back against Marxist, secular, violent, multicultural and self-indulgent thinking and actions.
He warned that "Christian values of human dignity, equality and freedom could be lost as the way is left open for the advance of brands of Islam that do not respect Western values".
In contrast to the multiculturalists, Alfred the Great believed in Judaeo-Christian values, which called for love, honesty, respect, peace and treating neighbours as they wished to be treated. "These ideas worked. A people that did not live by these teachings was far less happy, safe, and prosperous than a people that did".
Alfred learned the hard way that paying Danegeld did not work - it did not keep the peace - and that trying to confine people to the ghetto of the Danelaw did not work either.
The first 'doom' or judgement that Alfred the Great ordained with Guthrum, "when the English and Danes fully took to peace and friendship" was that "they would love one God, and zealously renounce every kind of heathendom".
"Some may read this as heavy Christian conversion. Alfred read it that the Danes would forsake plunder and slaughter, and adopt a common Christian culture. He understood that just laws were necessary but laws were not enough, and would never be enough. The laws a civilised society needs are not written solely in books, but in the hearts of men and women. A country depends both on just law and on men and women who choose to do the right thing because they know it is the right thing to do".
The footsteps of Alfred
Following in the footsteps of Alfred, Nazir-Ali affirms that Britons must share an understanding of right and wrong under one law if they are going to live together.
To those who despise a country rooted in Christian culture we say, you don't know what you've got till it's gone.