The thing about being a wild-eyed fanatic is that you cannot shut up for long. It’s a problem. I just cannot shut up about Israel, Global Security, Foreign Policy, and anything else even remotely related to such things. Oh, I have other interests too, and I can’t seem to shut up about those either, but that’s for a different website.
However, you can get me to shut up when you turn offÂ the flow of information.Â Keep meÂ ‘in the dark’, and I get kinda pale – moldy, even. Put me in an informationÂ vacuum, and I wilt.Â
Which was essentially what was going on for the past few months.
Then, things started to turn a bit more positive. Information started to reach data-starved parts of my brain. I was even beginning to try out a few excited hand waves and a beatings-of-chest, orÂ two.
That was when Magda hit me with an email which she picked up from a friend of a friend of a…Â She calls itÂ her Pagan News Network.
Anyway, the email contained an article on YNet News:
Archbishop of Canterbury backs introduction of some aspects of Islamic law in Britain
Here are the opening lines to the YNet article:
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans, said on Thursday the introduction in Britain of some aspects of sharia, Islamic law, was unavoidable.
His unexpected comments were welcomed by some Muslim groups, but the government was quick to distance itself from them, saying it was out of the question that the principles of sharia could be used in British civil courts.
Williams, speaking to the BBC, said other religions enjoyed tolerance of their laws in Britain and he called for a “constructive accommodation” with Muslim practice in areas such as marital disputes.
– from: Sharia law in UK unavoidable
Believe it or not, but it’s not the draconian nature of Sharia that disturbs me. I mean, yes, Sharia is an awful piece of work, and I shudder to think of ANY society voluntarily adopting such a rule of law. But, that’s peanuts compared to the larger picture.
Europe (and the West)Â is falling apart.
For the first time since the Roman Empire, Europe has become unified under a single political entity. It has all but eliminated the possibility of war between the major powers of Europe. Within a single generation, the threat of violence and death has been abolished.
And, then brought back.
The United Kingdom, and many other European countries haveÂ tried to create societies that value openness and acceptance. When refugees from other parts of the world desperately needed a place to flee, Europe was there to act as a haven. I cannot say enough good about that.
Unfortunately, Europe was also in the throes of self-examination. Hundreds, even thousands, of years of internecine warfare has scarred their history, and there was a desire to turn away from that past. Certain social minority groups were gaining a voice and demanding rights, and were frustrated at the slow pace of obtaining them. And, on top of all that, theÂ mores of society were changing.Â Traditional ideas about marriage and family… well, they just weren’t the sameÂ anymore.
European society wasÂ bumping up against a set of ideasÂ and values. It wasÂ a certain set of values that helped create theÂ war-scarred history of Europe. It was a certain set ofÂ values that limited the rights of certain social minority groups. It was a certain set of values that conflicted with some who were less traditional in their ideas about marriage and family.
However, instead of attempting to ‘bridge the gap’ and find a sophisticated, long-term approach to the problem, they decided to take the easy route:
Eliminate the problem, by eliminating the values.
They stripped out the values that seemed to offend the most people. They took them out of the schools. They took them out of the government institutions. They took them out of civil discourse.
But, theyÂ failed to replace those values with anything. They created aÂ big vacuum and left it there.
Stay tuned as I talk more about this Big VacuumÂ in my next post…Â