Byline: Peter Hitchens
WHEN did we go soft? When did we develop our national tendency to cringe before we are even hit, to apologise for existing? Whats most striking about the past 50 years of our history is how we have given in without a fight to those who want to revolutionise our society.
It is all very well going on about Winston Churchill, but Archbishop Rowan Williams is a figure much more representative of modern Britain.
This prelate whimpered last week that Christianity was offensive to Muslims. Offensive? I know we have been urged to stop being horrid to this inept, terrifyingly well meaning man and it really is nothing personal but he does rather ask for it.
A few months ago he mused on the possibilities of allowing a little light Sharia Law in this country. This is, I suppose, a point of view. I just cant work out why the leader of a Christian church should hold it. The same goes for the Lord Chief Injustice, Lord Phillips, whose entire career and substantial salary are based on centuries of Christian-based law. If it is anyones job to suggest Muslim law should get a toehold in Britain, it isnt his.
In my experience, Muslims arent in the least bit offended by Christianity. Ive argued with them about it, in places as different as Peshawar, on the NorthWest Frontier, and Whitechapel, in the East End of London. And I had the impression they were relieved to find someone from the West who didnt fawn all over them. What really offends them is what also offends many of us crudity, drunkenness, pornography and licence.
In any case, given that Christianity was founded centuries before Islam, Muslims cant really claim to be upset by it, any more than I can be offended by the existence of Stonehenge or a Hindu temple.
What should worry Dr Williams much more is the printing of millions of doctored versions of the Koran in Saudi Arabia, deliberately edited to encourage angry militancy. I am grateful to Channel 4 and Antony Thomas for revealing this astonishing fact in their programme on the Koran last week.
What, you might ask, are tanks and missiles doing in a book 13 centuries old? Well, in the Saudi edition, English translation, Surah 8, verse 60, a passage on unbelievers reads: Make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery) to threaten the enemy of Allah. And in a verse that speaks of those who have earned Gods anger and gone astray, someone has inserted in brackets such as the Jews and such as the Christians.
The programme also pointed out that in Surah 5, verse 69, the Koran assures righteous Jews and Christians that no fear should come upon them.
A footnote in the Saudi version insists that this was cancelled by a later verse which claims that those of any religion other than Islam will never be accepted.
This might be something to get offended about, if you wanted to, Dr Williams. DONT be fooled by New Labours attempt to pretend that it died in a tragic accident when Anthony Blairs canoe was spitefully sunk by Gordon Brown. The whole thing was a fix designed to diddle the country out of billions of pounds after the next Election. Blair did not die, but swam home and went off to hide in the Conservative Party under the name David Cameron. The disguise is so thin, youd think anyone could see through it.
WHAT joy to learn that the anti-God movie epic The Golden Compass, based on Philip Pullmans atheist childrens fables, flopped so badly that a sequel is unlikely. …