But The Greatest Of These Is Love

Standing as I am -with the hardback edition of Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion opened at page 237- on the sidelines of that great arena where the never ending battle between the cultures and ways of life is being fought I am happy to report that the forces of hatred and bigotry have lost none of their vim and vigour. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the United Kingdom. If you thought that the departure of Tony Blair from the political stage was going to change the mood in extremist Muslim circles from one of ‘death to the British infidel’ to one of ‘let’s give it a rest and see how Gordon Brown gets on’, think again. Poor Gordon had hardly turned the lights on in Number Ten when London was echoing to the sound of police sirens and controlled explosions. Not much later, a Jeep Cherokee (who would be seen dead in one of those now?) burst into flames as its driver attempted to gatecrash the international arrivals hall of Glasgow Airport and cause major loss of life.

Much is being made of the fact that, allegedly, those responsible for these latest and signally unsuccessful acts of terrorism are all members of the medical profession. This is supposed to have special ominous implications. I can’t understand this. After all, there is no mention, no formal proscription of car bombs -or any other explosive device, for that matter- in the text of the Hippocratic oath. Would we feel any better if the suspects weren’t all doctors but chartered accountants? Suppose police around the Western world were currently rounding up Asian-looking supermodels, would that alarm us less? In other words: is a surgery-based conspiracy per definition more awful than one cooked up on the catwalk? I don’t think so. Since Allah, who is not called the Most Merciful for nothing, steadfastly refuses to strike down the Western Satan with fire and pestilence it’s his followers who must do the job for him and there can be no discrimination on the basis of age, sex or occupation.

Christian Britons -especially ministers of the Anglican faith- are in an entirely different position. They hate infidels and libertines as much as anyone, but since they worship not a merciful but a vengeful god, there’s no need for them to don the bomb belt or drive a blazing Ford Mondeo into a Gay Pride parade. Their Lord takes care of things himself, as only he can. It was good, therefore, of the Right Reverend Graham Dow, bishop of Carlisle, to inform the nation that the recent floods that caused so much suffering and a bit of loss of life in various parts of England were -and I quote- ‘a strong and definite judgement because the world has been arrogant in going its own way. We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation as well as the environmental damage we have caused.’ Right. Environmental damage I can understand. I’m not a global warming bore, but the possible link between CO2 and a Wimbledon tournament that lasts for several months is not lost on me. But moral degradation? How does that make a river burst its banks? Obvious, really. ‘The sexual orientation regulations [which give greater rights to gays] are part of a general scene of permissiveness’, the Right Reverend says, ‘we are in a situation where we are liable for God’s judgement, which is intended to call us to repentance.’ Nice to see that, notwithstanding their different methods, Islam and the C of E are ploughing the same furrow here. For the Right Reverend Dow of Carlisle is by no means a loner, shouting in a wilderness of his own. His views are shared by quite a few of his Anglican colleagues, such as there are the Right Reverend James Jones, bishop of Liverpool (‘God is exposing us to the truth of what we have done’), and the Right Reverend Charles Chartres, bishop of London (‘We are all part of the problem and part of the solution’). As a Dutchman I can confirm that the month of June has been teriffically wet and July promises to be not much better. As we speak it is coming down in buckets. Strangely, though, no divine wrath has flooded us out of our houses, in spite of the fact that the Dutch, in the perception of many, are a nation of spliff-smoking, coke-snorting child molesters and bum tourists, as degenerated, degradated and depraved a lot of amoral swine as you’re likely to see. Still, lots of rain but nobody died.

It could be, of course, that flooding is not good enough. The Lord, recognising us for the hopeless Sodomites we are, may have something special in store for us, something horrible and apocalyptic, something that will make the seven plagues of Egypt seem like a walk in the park. He’s probably saving us Dutch for last. That’s fine with me, so long as the Sons of Allah don’t get to us first.

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    Iain said,

    Nice to see you up and thundering again, Rob.
    Bum tourists, as you so tactfully put it, may be hopeless Sodomites, but there’s no need to insult all us Gomorrhites with faint calumny. My days of multi-drug, multi-sex recklessness may be many miles behind me but at least I have the memories – or I would have if I hadn’t fried my brain quite so thoroughly. Peace, man.

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    Theo said,

    Bismillah etcetera,

    May I remind you that green is the colour of the prophet Muhammad who declared it his favourite colour and whose cloak and turban were green? (Source: Pigments through the ages).

    Welcome back to the wonderful world of the web, Rob!

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    1alberich1 said,

    Nice to hear from you, boys! It is as you think, Theo. The colour green was chosen deliberately for this blog so as to attract as many followers of the prophet as I can. I’d hoped my own name would be enough to do that, but obviously I need all the help I can get. As for you Iain, for a man without a memory you seen to have near-total recall. Answer me this, you old Bible-thumper: we all know what the Sodomites were guilty of, but what the hell did the Gomorrhites do?


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