Sunday, December 30, 2007

And Speaking of Gibbons...

This from Mark Steyn on NRO:
The long game

In my book (coming soon to a Canadian courthouse near you!), I cite a famous passage of Gibbon's:

Poitiers was the high-water point of the Muslim tide in western Europe. It was an opportunistic raid by the Moors, but, if they’d won, they’d have found it hard to resist pushing on to Paris, to the Rhine and beyond. “Perhaps,” wrote Edward Gibbon in The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire, “the interpretation of the Koran would now be taught in the schools of Oxford, and her pulpits might demonstrate to a circumcised people the sanctity and truth of the revelation of Mahomet.” There would be no Christian Europe. The Anglo-Celts who settled North America would have been Muslim. Poitiers, said Gibbon, was “an encounter which would change the history of the whole world.”

Peter Hitchens in today's Daily Mail:

The deeply English, deeply Christian city of Oxford, one of the homes of free thought, is now being asked to accept the Islamic call to prayer wafting from mosque loudspeakers over its spires and domes.

If that is not a threat to our "way of life", then I don't know what is. Allowing the regular electronic proclamation of Allah's supremacy in a British city is not tolerance, but a surrender of the sky to a wholly different culture. Just you wait and see what opponents of this scheme are accused of.

It may be a "wholly different culture", but unlike the spires of those empty Anglican churches it represents the demographic energy of today's England.


Anonymous said...

Actually, Muslim armies were at the gates of Vienna as late as the 16th century. They were stopped by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Had Charles not used his wealth from the Americas to fund his armies Europe would have become Muslim 500 years ago.

If the Brits wish to maintain a Brit identity it's up to them to end immigration. That is probably politically impossible because it would be decried as racist. If that's the case in the end they will be forced to accomodate Muslims in their society because Muslims will be a big voting bloc.

Anonymous said...

We've got to stop them in the government. We've got to stop them in the schools. We've got to stop them at the borders. We've go to stop them.

Eric said...

This development brings to mind a quote from V for Vendetta:

"...words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?"

Something is wrong in England...

Anonymous said...

God bless Karl Martell!

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