Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Religion, Thatcher, the Left & Hypocrisy

This past Sunday, I attended a public meeting organised by the local Campaign Against Climate Change (CACC). Although it was a very informative meeting, there were a number of comments and one particular incident that I took great expectation to.

Despite being a public meeting concerning climate change, a couple of the speakers used it as a platform to make a few jibes at Baroness Thatcher and her policies. While I am not exactly one of Thatcher's biggest supporters, I totally disagree with the claim of the UNISON speaker that the Iron Lady wanted to destroy the trade unions. While Thatcher was understandable hostile to the trade unions, she only set out to destroy trade union militancy that had held Britain to ransom for much of the 1970's, destroying productivity and increasing inflation up to 27%. The result of this militancy only ended up harming the trade union's own members and their families most.

What disturbed me more than the digs at Thatcher was the way a Christian youth leader was heckled at by the pre-dominantly left-wing crowd for expressing his views on climate change in the context of the End Times. One elderly and hard of hearing individual commented to me that if he wanted to hear such “rubbish”, he would go to church instead, seemingly unaware of the fact the meeting was being held inside a Unitarian Church.

As far as the Left is concerned, it is acceptable to make off-topic slurs against Thatcher, but anti-social to express a religious viewpoint on the matter at hand. It only goes to show how hostile the Left is to religion and why it is so out of touch with people’s need to believe in something far greater than themselves. As I commented at the meeting, if an Imam had expressed an Islamic attitude to climate change, no would have dared said a word against him because the Left subscribe to the French Trotskyite doctrine of Political Correctness. Yet because the person in question was a Christian, he’s fair game!

Proof positive that familiarity does breed contempt!

6 comments:

Richard Lewis said...

Well quite... And I've learnt the hard way that anything Unison say or do is an absolute joke. I'm also surprised that such conduct would be permitted within a Unitarian Church. As a close associate of many unitarians I know that they are strong believers in freedom of speech and the respect that we must afford people expressing any viewpoint. And while we're on this subject, is that why you link to Jo's Journal, that collection of enforced political correctness, wannabe fascist, hypocritical tripe? It's not that I don't support a lot of the same causes but we have very different viewpoints on how important freedom of speech actually is... And after all she did to shut you down at Lampeter too...

C4' said...

I have to give my readers access to a balanced range of viewpoints (that are within reason of course) to enable them to make up their own minds. I have confidence in my arguments and believe that most of those who will read this blog will come around to share my opinions through their own rational choice.

Some would argue that Warrior Web is itself a collection of crypto-fascist tripe, but I strongly disagree with that assessment. As for Smokin' Jo, it's not everyday that someone compels her to withdraw some remarks that she made in her journal after someone confronted her with a few home truths.

Manfarang said...

The Left is indifferent to religion as is most of English society. If it was hostile to religion then it would campaign for the abolition of the provision of the 1944 Education Act,as amended, that made it compulsory for religion to be taught in state schools.

C4' said...

Ever heard of the Marxist phrase "religion is the opium of the people"?

Left-wing regimes such as the Soviet Union and North Korea have a history of universal religious repression.

Manfarang said...

How Marxist is/was the British Labour Party left?

C4' said...

How Marxist is/was the British Labour Party left?

Labour is socialist and socialism is a less developed form of Marxism!