Showing posts with label Great Britain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Great Britain. Show all posts

A refreshing lapse into relative sanity by David Cameron

I emphatically disagree with British Prime Minister David Cameron's controversial statement that Britain is "a Christian nation."

Nations are not baptized. Nations do not believe. Nor are law and ethics the measure of whether a person, or group of people, are "Christian;" the test, rather, is faith in the specific claims of a man named Jesus of Nazareth, and in His promises. But these days- especially in places like England- I've learned to be grateful for every remaining glimmer of sanity when it comes to such things.

Cameron- who freely confesses that he is only a lukewarm member of the Church of England, and not all that well informed as to its doctrines and teachings- confirms his rather fuzzy ideas about the relationship between Christ and culture in the article linked to above. It's also ironic that the man who has spoken up- however confusedly- for the role of Christianity in the life of his increasingly secularized country is also the man who decided- for no apparent reason other than to soften the image of his Conservative Party- to make same-sex "marriage" legal in Britain. This is an act which a better informed Christian would not have considered, given its inevitable impact on the already-beleaguered institution of marriage among heterosexuals (gay- and particularly lesbian- couples divorce far more often than straight ones, and even "marital" relationships between gay men are not exactly noted for monogamy).

But hey. At this advanced stage in the decay of our Western civilization, Cameron's words in defense of the religious and ethical tradition which has formed that civilization more than any other influence cannot help but be welcome. As has been observed many times, when people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing.

They believe in anything.

The U.S Left has no monopoly on classless morons

The British Left, it seems, also has plenty.

Perhaps Ted Ralls could become a British subject. He still wouldn't be able to draw a straight line, though.

HT: Drudge

Rest in peace, Baroness Thatcher

Winston Churchill was a greater prime minister than Margaret Thatcher was. There might be a few- Disraeli, Gladstone, Walpole, and the Pitts come to mind- who were her equal.

But not many.

When Britain was in full decline, she was graced with a prime minister who hated that fact, and fought it tooth and nail. Ask the Argentines whether the bulldog still had a bite that far past retirement age! Like her contemporary on this side of the pond, Ronald Reagan, Baroness Thatcher injected not only some steel into her nation's backbone, but a badly-needed bit of self-confidence and a little healthy swagger.

Like Reagan- the greatest president of my lifetime, and one of the greatest in our history- she endured a great deal of abuse from those who thought that wasting government resources in ways that helped nobody and even hurt them in significant ways was a Moral Duty. But she knew better. Like Reagan, she sometimes went to far. But it was not for want of a heart. Rather, it's because she had a brain- an organ which, though it makes fewer mistakes than the unaided heart, is also fallible. The abuse from those less so endowed continues, aimed at her record and her legacy. But history tends to drown out the shrill whine of such people even as it extols the greatness of leaders like  Margaret Thatcher

And at a moment when America seems to be in terminal decline- moral as well as economic and political- we on this side of the pond have wound up, alas, with Barack Obama.

If such a moment has to come in the life of a nation, I envy the Brits the leadership they got when their parallel moment came, as much as I mourn the fact that we have done so poorly.

The morally challenged on the Left literally cheered when Ronald Reagan died. They're doing the same thing now. But as was the case with Mr. Reagan, Margaret Thatcher's greatness only stands out more boldly against the backdrop of their pathetic smallness.

Baronness Thatcher died this morning in London at the age of 87, following a stroke. She leaves a world, an alliance and a nation strengthened and enobled by her presence. May she rest in peace.

HT: Drudge


It's the British embassy, Mr. President

Our most diplomatically inept president has struck again, referring to the embasssy of the UK in Iran- the one sacked the other day by crazed Islamofascists- as "the English embassy."

This is becoming a regular enough event- ignored, for the most part, by the MSM- that with this post I'm inaugurating a new label: "Can You Imagine If Bush Had Said This?"

RIGHT: The bust of Winston Churchill which the Brits gave us for display in the Oval Office- which Mr. Obama gave back.

HT: Drudge

And the winner of the British PM debate is...

...Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats.

HT: Drudge