Mark Shea has posted commentary and an illustrative video on the National Catholic Register site
about how England, in the course of a few decades, has gone from a
Christian country to a multi-cultural country (my term, not his), to a
post-Christian country increasingly bullied and controlled by "inflamed and diseased Islam". Shea makes several good points, including these:
The Islam on display in this video is
a simple, straightforward and deeply fleshly religious tradition that
offers frank and naked rewards to human pride with no hint of the
checks placed on it by the preaching of Jesus concerning humility and
the warnings he gives about judgmentalism. English secularism, being
the idiot stepchild of a debased Anglican/Calvinist tradition, simply
assumes that such open and frank pride is Not the Done Thing and so is
utterly without antibodies when confronted with a culture that cares
nothing at all for the cry of "judgmentalism". It will be interesting
to see if post-Christian England (and America) can adapt (which will
mean, ultimately, a conscious reclamation of their Christian roots for
some purpose other than finding sticks to beat Christians with) or if
it will simply buckle in uncomprehending confusion before this arrogant
and aggressive new religious ideology.
One thing I can predict with confidence: Among the first comments to a blog entry like this will be the de rigeur act of pointing out that Christians have also been guilty of the sins of pride and judgmentalism. Manning's corollary--a favorite strategy of the "all religions are alike" post-Christian crowd--states
"In any online conversation about an incident of violence perpetrated
by adherents of Islamic fundamentalism, the conversation will
inevitably devolve into claims that Christians commit the same type and
degree of violent acts, regardless of how demonstrably false that is;
further, the claim will be made that past historical violence involving
Christians means that present-day Christians are morally incapable of
denouncing current violence involving Muslims"
So let me say now: Yes:, Christians commit the sins of pride and judgmentalism. And the reason pride and judgementalism is a sin and not a virtue in
both Christian and post-Christian tradition is that Jesus preached
humility said, "Do not judge". That, I repeat, is my point. There's a
real difference between a religious tradition that condemns the sin of
pride and a religious tradition that commends it. Watery
post-Christian secular moralism is parasitic on the Christian moral
sense and assumes it in its bullied Christian victims. But watery
post-Christian secularism is utterly at sea when faced with people who
could not care less about humility, the danger of passing judgement,
multiculturalism and respect for diversity.
Read his entire post.
It's remarkable to think that England, in the 1940s, bravely withstood
massive bombings by the Nazis and sacrificed hundreds of thousands of
lives in the fight against the Axis powers. Now, just a few generations removed, that formerly great country is apparently, for the most part, meekly throwing away its Christian inheritance and the civilization built upon it. There are many factors, but the relentless pursuit of a faulty, even toxic, "multiculturalism" is a key part of the problem. Not satisfied with recognizing what is good and virtuous among differing cultures, multiculturalism is more often not merely intent on proclaiming a very dubious equality of cultures, but (as Shea touches on) insists that other cultures are inherently superior to Western culture and to anything perceived as Christian.
As Roger Kimball writes in his forthcoming book, The Fortunes of Permanence (St. Augustine's Press, 2012), "Multiculturalism is a moral intoxicant; its thrill centers around the emotion of superior virtue; its hangover subsists on a diet of nescience and blighted 'good intentions.'" One obvious result is a deepand deeply confusedsense of self-loathing, as if everything about Western culture must be criticized and savaged with a sort of barbaric irrationality. The same confusion is already deeply ingrained within many key institutions in the U.S.
The question isn't so much, "Can it happen here?", but, frankly, "Why wouldn't it happen here?"