Britannia, Forever Will Be SlavedStarkey gets it upside down, as most of our so-called intellectuals do. The “thought crime” in Europe these days is to say that Muslim immigration is a danger to Europe and that Islam cannot coexist with Western civilization. In other words: Fjordman is committing a thought crime, and my views are heretical:
Starkey fears a new intolerance
BRITAIN is in danger of sleepwalking into a new era of religious intolerance after the July 7 bombings, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival was told last night. Dr David Starkey said that the religious intolerance of previous centuries could be repeated unless society reconsiders its attitute to Church and State. Direct parallels could be drawn between the present and the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries when a common enemy was defined by religious belief, culminating in civil war. The historian voiced alarm at the trend towards “thought crimes” encapsulated in anti-terrorism legislation and what he saw as new Labour’s political correctness. The same trends could be seen, he said, when Henry VIII fused Church and State by declaring himself head of the Church of England. What today might be described as thought crimes, such as expressing any sympathy for suicide bombers, would in previous eras have been termed heresy. The key to present-day threats, he said, was tolerance. In the same way that a multitude of religious sects were allowed to continue without threat of being burnt at the stake after the Restoration, Britain today should tolerate Islam.
The elites want us to kneel, and those daring to show something resembling a backbone should be punished for it:
Time to be open to Islam
From time to time we must own up to our prejudices. One of mine bubbled to the surface this week when Austria threatened to derail European Union accession talks with Turkey. Since the other 24 members backed opening negotiations, the answer, it seemed to me, was pleasingly simple. Austria should be shown the exit as Brussels opened the door to Turkey. I am told that I was not alone in pondering such a resolution as the ministerial bargaining ran late into Sunday night. If the Vienna government feared cultural contamination from Turkish entry, one senior negotiator mused, it should join Switzerland in splendid isolation on Europe’s margins.