Assimilate?

Posted: 15 June 2017 in Cultural
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Not assimilated?

One political party leader gone.  Another soon to go.  Tim Farron said “The consequences of the focus on my faith is that I have found myself torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader. To be a leader, particularly of a progressive liberal party in 2017 and to live as a committed Christian and to hold faithful to the Bible’s teaching has felt impossible for me.”  This is very sad indeed.  Conservative MP Steve Crabb, and a Christian, got similar heat (though other things derailed his leadership challenge).  And the Vicar’s daughter has received endless snipes about being … a Vicar’s daughter.

All religious groups are getting this, faithful Christians, conservative Muslims, orthodox Jews.  New  book “Al-Britannia:  My Country: a journey though Muslim Britain” finds conservative Muslims increasingly pressed to conform to “catch-up” with British life of borderless sexuality and “girl-power”.  They hate being bullied.    The uproar over Birmingham schools “Trojan Horse” extremism turned out to be false, and now the progress of good schools with orthodox Muslim values has been damaged.  Muslim communities too have delinquent youth, like the majority community.  But some of them seek outlets in extremist views, instead of the drugs-and-crime underworld.

The invitation to “assimilate”?  More of a threat really.  And strangely, it applies to Liberal Democrats, Conservative Muslims, orthodox Christians alike.

Bill

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