Hey. Cool it, brothers and sisters. Calm and reflection required.

BREXIT: A SUPREME ACT OF FOOLISHNESS PERPETRATED BY RACISTS, BIGOTS AND SMALL RIGHT-WING MEN

 

Never in a decade of blogging has so much bile and vomit been spewed in this direction. Oh, we’ve had our fractious moments over the years, but nothing, ever, like this. You get up, make a cup of tea, turn on your PC and pore over the screen with queasy feelings of sickness in the stomach. The Twitter feed, Facebook and email inbox are overflowing with hate. If you voted to leave the EU, you are “foolish”, “racist”, “bigoted”, “self-absorbed”, “evil”, “xenophobic”, or a “small right-wing man”. And those are just the gracious and loving comments made by members of Church of England clergy.

“Older woman on the 134 bus gleefully telling a young Polish woman and her baby to get off and get packing. Horrific.” We’re responsible for that, you see: we Nazis who seek to incite a pogrom to round up all foreigners (especially “blacks and Muslims”) and cart them off to the gas chambers. “Snakes don’t hiss they vote leave then die of old age before it can effect them.” The mental impulse is to correct the verb, but only to guard the spirit with a deflection from the inference: Brexiters are evil serpents, hissing tools of Satan, who don’t give a damn for our children and our children’s children. We are self-absorbed, ugly, poisonous and corrupt. One vicar has seen fit to apologise to the nation’s young people for the way we middle-aged devils and elderly demons voted. Damn democracy. Damn all senior citizens. Brexit is an abomination of desolation, and we who voted for it have cursed the world with economic terror and political torment. God Himself has judged us: plagues of hate and social-media pestilence are the just retribution.

Theologians are more thoughtful in their expression, but the condemnation is the same. This from Anglican theologian John Milbank:

Christians are duty bound for theological and historical reasons to support the ever closer union of Europe (which does not imply a superstate) and to deny the value of absolute sovereignty or the lone nation-state. Tragically, the Reformation, Roundhead, nonconformist, puritan, whig, capitalist, liberal version of Britishness last night triumphed over our deep ancient character which is Catholic or Anglican, Cavalier, Jacobite, High Tory or Socialist. The spirit of both Burke and Cobbett has been denied by the small-minded, bitter, puritanical, greedy and Unitarian element in our modern legacy. Unfortunately it has duped the working classes, once again to their further ruination.

So, there you have it: “ever closer union” is the Kingdom of God: the Reformation was ruination. Poor Thomas the EU Tank Engine has been thwarted by the evil, bitter, bigoted and greedy UK Fat Controller. It is a supreme act of folly inflicted by simpletons who lacks the wit to grasp the true meaning of Christian catholicity.

Would it not better now to pause and reflect; to re-imagine Europe and reconsider the role which the United Kingdom might now play in the whole world? Instead of hurling insults and goading 17,410,742 anti-EU souls with infallible assertions of political righteousness, would it not be preferable (especially for members of the clergy) to focus on our Christian values and the opportunity we now have to forge new global relationships? Is it not more Christian to build reassuring bridges into the world for the benefit of humanity and global security, rather than erecting barriers of social-media scorn and shame, complaining against the majority – the majority – who simply don’t agree with you?

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4 Responses to “Hey. Cool it, brothers and sisters. Calm and reflection required.”

  1. Mark says:

    As you might presume an area of
    particular interest. Could put what I consider are the theological/ sociological legs on this – but not now or here. Suffice you’re right – “it’s crackers”.

    Oh it’s ‘Archbishop Cranmer’ not Tap… OK, maybe(?) comment there. Always a first-time. Gen. keep to the chosen ‘few’.

    For here though, recently ranted under ‘Pride’ on Truthscoop that it’s difficult, neigh on ‘mpossible, to take ‘asleep insight’ seriously. Awake and remain, or leave, and cometh sounder reasons why/or what? Otherwise, judging the E.U. and its geo-politicals, without knowing or preparing to ‘know’ the NWO underpinning and overlaying is like Bill Hicks puppet joke; “Which one do you like?”

    I tend not to earnestly signpost church or other outsiders to Tap etc. Consider the mass not ‘here’, because mass don’t wanna… (the sad realisation and conclusion; ”you want it, you can get it…”).

    Strange. How scary Tap and co’s controversy seems to those not interested enough to look? Or only from a distance and with a sneer. Similar baggage and why UK-exit-ing, one Babylonian-type umbrella, seems so hard to comprehend – might be loving and good? Might be ‘of God’?
    Perhaps the over-reaction is right and best? Something needs to ‘give’.

  2. Mark says:

    Miles @milesoftruth tweeted this. Quite the read – what a headline?

    Mainstream getting some reason and room to breathe through all this.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/24/this-was-the-day-the-british-people-defied-their-jailers/

  3. UglyTruth says:

    The reason for the Church of England having such a hissy fit is due to its close doctrinal ties with the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Empire was the a historical descendant of the Babylonian Empire, and the connection between Babylon and the EU is symbolically proclaimed in the architecture of the EU Parliament Building, which mimics the unfinished tower of Babel.

    As for the kingdom, Daniel chapter 2 illustrates the progression from Babylon to Rome (iron), with the end occurring with clay mixing with but not cleaving to iron.

  4. Brexiter says:

    “You get up, make a cup of tea, turn on your PC and pore over the screen with queasy feelings of sickness in the stomach.”

    Describes me to a T. From shocked, stunned, elated, tearful in surprise and gratitude the vote went the right way to down and depressed by all I have been reading and hearing since. Obviously reading and listening to the wrong stuff BIGtime!

    Thanks for this.
    It’s given me my mojo back. ☺x

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