posted on Sep, 20 2010 @ 02:39 PM
I read UK newspapers and listen to BBC news and I talk to people I know. My impression is that, overwhelmingly, the reactions to the Pope's visit are
positive and the predominant feeling is that he has given a basic message that articulates what many people feel. He has stressed the common Christian
values that have been the bedrock of our society since Edward the confessor - I agree. He asked for tolerance for religious beliefs and values in a
time of increasingly virulent secular opposition - what's wrong with that?
I'm agnostic (it's an uncomfortable perch, but it suits me) and I have never been offended by Christmas, Easter or any of the other Christian
festivals. Nor indeed, for that matter, the festivals observed by all other religions. I have never seen the outward displays of Christian adherence,
such as the wearing of a cross as a personal adornment, as an affront and I certainly wouldn't insist that someone should cease wearing a cross or
lose their job. When local councils defer to the 'supposed' sensibilities of our Muslim citizens and suppress the rights of the Christian majority,
there is usually little evidence that those sensibilities actually exist - it is just secular socialist politicians with no religious belief or
understanding prosecuting Christians for their faith. I think they do so out of an element of fear bred from ignorance. There are many ways in which
our multi-cultural society has adapted to the desires of immigrants - from Sikhs who want to wear turbans and carry ceremonial knives, to Muslim women
who want to be completely covered. I find some of these things strange, but I don't feel threatened by them and so I don't make a 'big thing'
about it. 'Live and let live.' we say. But I do worry about the demographic time-bomb predicated by the wide disparities in birth-rates between
indigienous and immigrant communities. When Muslim preachers say that Islam will triumph in the future because of a blood-less revolution, because
they will be the majority, I think that Western peoples need to wake up and have a view about what they want their future to look like.