Kudos to Tim Wilson (to whom I don’t, as a rule, give kudos) for defending Mark Allaby’s right to be Christian. When Velvet Mafiosos targeted the IBM managing partner for his involvement with the Lachlan Macquarie Institute, Mr Wilson didn’t hesitate in calling them out. ‘A free society means freedom for everyone, including those of faith,’ he told the Australian. It’s a pathetically remedial point – one you wouldn’t think we’d have to make in a 21st century democracy, like ‘Freedom of speech means everyone has the right to voice their opinion, even women.’ But that’s the Gaystapo for you. God help you if they bust down your door one night and find a Cross on your wall or a rosary on your bedside table. That’s the end of your job, your social life, and your tenure in polite society.
More alarming, though, was IBM’s reaction. In a half-sane age, they would’ve immediately issued a statement saying their employees have a right to freely practise their religion, and any suggestion to the contrary is blatant totalitarianism. Instead, they declined to comment. These anti-Christian bigots have big business by the cajones. One little squeeze and they can put an honest, competent man on the streets.
The faithful – and in particular my generation, Millennials – should understand what it means for us in the long run. Mark my words: within my lifetime, there will be outright persecution of orthodox Christians in our own countries. Even if we remain a nominal majority, those who openly profess traditional doctrines will be pariahs. The Western Church will go the way of China’s: free to congregate for worship, so long as it accepts the regime’s ultimate authority and doesn’t challenge its ideology.
Don’t believe me? Look at the language used by the omnipresent gay lobby. Proponents of same-sex marriage have long cast themselves as next-gen civil rights leaders, likening marriage traditionalists to the anti-miscegenationists of yore. (‘Imagine how stupid you’re going to look in forty years.’) If they have their way – and they will – upholding heterosexual monogamy will be seen as tantamount to opposing mixed-race relationships. Again, that’s simply a reality Christians need to reckon with. Before I turn fifty, we’ll be treated with the same contempt as the Ku Klux Klan. Anyone who thinks I’m over-reacting hasn’t been paying attention to pro-SSM propaganda, or ignores its implications.
Our post-Christian society is rapidly devolving into an anti-Christian one. And I’m really not sure it could be any other way. The Culture War couldn’t have ended in an amicable truce. Traditional Christianity and secular progressivism stand on so many mutually-exclusive presuppositions that there can be no compromise between them. And since a peaceful, cohesive civil order depends on a firm monocultural fundament, we’ll have neither peace nor cohesion until one completely suppresses the other. ‘Neither can live while the other survives,’ to quote Professor Trelawney.
Abortion, for instance. The consensus in Australia is so overwhelmingly pro-choice that we don’t even bother taking opinion polls anymore. The last one, commissioned by the Medical Journal of Australia in 2010, found that 87 per cent of Aussies think it’s permissible in the first trimester. According to the 2003 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes, this includes a staggering 77 per cent of those who identify as religious. Yet serious Christians can’t accept abortion except in the direst circumstances. The Church has always held that life begins at conception. ‘Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee,’ said the prophet Jeremiah; ‘and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee.’ We can no more accept the individual’s ‘right to choose’ whether an unborn child is a human life than we could accept the right to choose whether blacks are people or property. We can’t stand by and watch mass infanticide occur before our eyes. We have no choice but to work for its total abolition.
None of which I say to persuade you or anyone else to be pro-life – only to show that religious and secular values simply can’t coexist. (If you balked at the comparison between abortion and slavery, you’ve proven my point.) When a society becomes non-Christian, it inevitably becomes anti-Christian. Its presuppositions are those no Christian can accept in good conscience. This is what Burke meant when he said men can’t make their own laws: they can only constitute God’s. Politics and principle are inextricably bound together, and we can no more separate our principles from our faith than we could separate the ocean from the shore. So, when we become an obscure sect, it won’t seem like much to simply marginalise and silence us for the sake of social cohesion.
Granted, that’s not to say I wouldn’t go full Torquemada if given the chance. It’s easy to demand tolerance for minority views when you’re a minority yourself. Muslims do it all the time, crying ‘Islamophobia’ in the West while genociding Christians and Yazidis in the Middle East. I guarantee they won’t be so worked up by ‘Christianophobia’ once their pals the Cultural Marxists take full control of our institutions. But will Mr Wilson? Will he risk exile from his newly-realised post-Christian society for the sake of those whose very existence threatens to undermine it? Will our libertarian mates follow us into the Coliseum? Somehow I doubt it. But time will tell.
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