When a society loses its way and becomes decadent, it dies. From the beginning of history, we have seen this time and again, most famously perhaps with the fall of the Roman empire. The usual, and perhaps most straightforward, reason given is that it became overstretched and suffered a string of military defeats in its encounters with barbarian tribes, combined with a loss of centralised political control that was to prove fatal. All of which is most assuredly true, but its decline was unquestionably exacerbated by the moral decay, degeneracy and general weakness that became a hallmark of Roman society in its latter years.
The same traits – seen in the unremitting focus on Self and demand for instant gratification – are perhaps evident in our own society today. It’s not so much that moral standards have slipped, as that we are rapidly losing the values on which our society is founded and has up to now flourished. Even worse perhaps, in this brave new world of reconfigured morality, we demand that ‘old’ values, such as sexual purity, faithfulness and the requirement of commitment, be proscribed, with those who dare give voice to such reactionary notions branded intolerant bigots, and even criminalized.
As instance of this, in the news this week we have had the story of Izzy Montagu, a Christian mother now suing her 4 year old son’s Primary school for forcing him to take part in a Pride parade (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11702239/Christian-mother-sues-four-year-old-sons-school-saying-LGBT-parade.html). Her request for the boy to be excused, because the event went against the family’s Christian beliefs, was apparently summarily dismissed. Even worse, it was treated with contempt, because at a meeting Izzy attended at the school to discuss the matter, the head teacher’s daughter wore a t-shirt saying, ‘Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic, when you can just be quiet?’ Needless to say, at that same meeting, Izzy’s request was turned down.
This is unacceptable. Have we really reached the point where anyone who upholds traditional faith can simply to be bludgeoned into silence? Because this is what was going on here.
Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, as enforced under UK law in the Human Rights Act 1998 states, ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion … either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance’ (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/42/schedule/1/part/I/chapter/8 ). However, Heavers Farm Primary, intent on enforcing its ideological message of ‘equality’, apparently felt it could ignore this.
This is bigotry and discrimination of the worst kind, and must be called out and exposed for what it is. It is surely time for activists to be held to account.