The most important part of this article, for me, was this paragraph:
Such an ineffectual response from Christian authorities makes it all the more important that even we nonbelievers stand with our religious friends and allies against aggression. This is not merely as Christians are our compatriots — and, of course, fellow members of the human race — but because we are cultural Christians: steeped in the civilisation that produced the Notre Dame, Salisbury Cathedral, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus, Bach’s Passions, Donne’s Holy Sonnets and Eliot’s Four Quarters. An attack on Christians is an attack on our heritage. It is an attack against us. It is an outrage.
I find that the older I get and the more I read and the more I try to understand the world through my reading the more passionately attached to Western Civilisation I become and part of that, for me, is identifying as a cultural Christian. Actually the more I contemplate things the more I wish I actually could be a Christian but I just don’t believe it, I don’t even feel it to be true.
That said I recognise that the West needs Christianity and that the values that we got from Christianity and that we will lose without Christianity are essential to maintaining the identity of the West and in fact civilisation as a whole. As St Paul said: All things are permissible: not all things are beneficial. I think maybe a lot of the permissiveness that has arisen in the West over the past few decades is perhaps not entirely beneficial. If you find yourself in disagreement with this then I suggest you read this.
This isn’t something that sits easily with me; it’s not the most comfortable of things to be an atheist, be against religion on an emotional level, intellectually reject all of it’s claims but then at the same time have to acknowledge that Christianity is so fundamental to our culture that it in a literal sense it is essential to our culture. I’d like to see more people identify as cultural Christians – especially the twats who respond to every Islamic attack with an attitude of turn the other cheek or love the Muslims, do good to those who blow you up line – people who worry more about “Islamophobia” than people being murdered. Someone explain to me how this isn’t a Christian attitude.
I’m actually really fed up with the vein of Islamophilia running through Western society. Although it sounds tired and worn we still here this nonsense that Islam is a religion of peace and this is still thought to be a statement that educated people make to uneducated people who think that Islam is violent. Actually, though, “Islam is a religion of peace” is a statement that only an uneducated person could utter unironically; no one who has read the Quran, a biography or two of Muhammad, a smattering of the hadith and is aware of the Arab conquests can square them with the phrase, “Islam is a religion of peace”.
Consider that in the three centuries between the death of Christ and Christianity becoming the state religion of the Roman Empire there were exactly zero acts of conquest in the name of Christ. In fact possibly up until the Crusades in the 11th Century, there is no real association of Christianity with organised violence excepting that Christians had been on the receiving end of it. So for the first thousand years of Christianity its history is one of peace and if you think that the Crusades were anything but defensive wars then again, you need to read more history.
Now consider the history of Islam: For the first thousand years of Islamic history Muslims did nothing but wage one aggressive expansionist war after another. They conquered an empire stretching from China to the Atlantic and from the Pyrenees to the Sahara in around a century. Only Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great have conquered empires faster than Muhammad and the four “rightly guided” caliphs. After them came the Ottomans and the Mughals, the Safavid Empire. Islam’s whole history is warfare and conquest.
Of course, educated people know this, people who read nonfiction and watch documentaries know this, but it’s interesting how many people don’t know this.