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"These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own." G.K.Chesterton

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Tuesday, August 05, 2003


I have not been posting much lately as I have been off browsing the Internet - which truly is a portal to the wildest and wooliest range of beliefs and ideas, a veritable overload of information and disinformation from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again, and back again... There is certainly no limit in cyberspace to the heights or depths to which the human mind rises and falls - usually the latter. Because I am a Christian and a conservative I am particulary sensitive to discussions of questions of God, faith, religion, morality, values, meaning, truth and the ways in which our societies deal with these universal concerns. I do come across some simplistic and unreflective religious sites that make me cringe; ocassionaly one stumbles upon a rabidly mindless webpage that twists the gospel of Christ into some kind of cruel and insensitive dogma. But not too often. Most Christians and Christian sites one comes across in cyberspace are sincere and well-meaning, even if, and when, they wear their anti-intellectualism on their sleeves.

The way that most non-Christians, particuarly atheists - but just as often liberals who make claims to possess deep spiritiual beliefs, portray people who are conservative and Christian is another matter altogether. The venom, hatred and abuse that characterises much of the content of websites espousing humanism, freethought, atheism and liberalism is staggering in its intensity. According to these people, who invariably see themselves as rational, intelligent, tolerant, humane and sophisticated, anyone who believes in God or the Bible and who has any affinity with "traditional" values is some kind of demented and disturbed freak to be pilloried relentlessly and then to be spat upon as they are dragged to an appropriate place of execution, there to be crucified like their "god".

Most staggering of all is the way that the very crimes they accuse conservative Christians of are the very ones the liberals practice with great relish. While claiming for themselves a monopoly on wisdom, rationality, compassion and sensitivity their sites are actually full of hate and intolerance, coupled with a smarmy condescension and sense of superiority to anyone who would dare challenge the liberal consensus. The term "politically-correct" is indeed most apt as a description of this ruling orthodoxy. For these people politics is ultimately everything, the State is wiser than the individual, and to have the correct politics is the key to social and intellectual success. From what I can apprise from their websites, many liberals - and even more atheists - are not as decent and nice as they believe themselves to be. Nor are many of them deep thinkers, and this is particulary eye-opening ...and disturbing. The amount of conformity to the party line, exemplifed by the knee-jerk regurgitation of stock phrases and strawmen is immense, as if someone pressed these supposedly independently-minded, freethinking, non-conforming radicals out of the same bland and boring assembly line cookie-cutter. And "someone" did, of course. When you dominate and control the education system, the mass media and popular culture, flooding society with an agenda of liberal indoctrination, you can make black seem white and vice-versa. Better yet you can turn it into an endless sea of grey.

All the while believing that you are painting the rainbow, and building utopia...

6:03:00 pm