From the outset our current government, a coalition of Christian Democrats, Labour (PvdA) and Christian Union, has raised the ire of secularized Holland. Every single measure that this government has taken was cast in a light of 'marginalized christians wanting to turn the clock back 50 years' to a time when, apparently, the Dutch were ruled by an intolerant, tyrannical cabal of ministers, pastors and laymen.
This view, largely a myth to begin with, led to the peculiar view that the tax hike (on tobacco, alcoholic beverages, fuel), instituted per January 1st of this year, was a calvinistic, puritanical crusade against ordinary pleasures. In fact, one could argue that it is standard operating procedure of the (secular) left, to gain funds for left-wing pet projects like the infernal urban renewal scheme, cooked up (and mismanaged to the point of dismal failure) by PvdA minister Ella Vogelaar, she of the judeo-christian-islamic tradition.
Our PM Balkenendes performance before the nations press of last Friday, covered by Ferdy here, has sent this anti-christian paranoia through the roof. Willem de Zwijger, normally a levelheaded and razorsharp critic of political developments in our small, wet corner of the world, donned an aluminum hat (NL) and declared Balkenende the perpetrator of a christian coup d'etat.
What could very well be the real agenda here: an attempt by the christian faithful - Balkenende, Rouvoet - to have their religion declared superior for the long term to other forms of opinion after all. An intervention, based on international islamic unrest, organized as maximally as possible by the CDA, to ram through the prohibition of blasphemy. Or worse.That this is a shrill overreaction, was borne out by an incident earlier last week, in which a cartoon in the NRC.next portrayed the christian God as giving a blowjob in reaction to little christians praying for the prevention of the broadcast of 'Deep Throat' on national TV. Protests against this cartoon, imploring the cabinet to make a stand, were met with only silence, putting the lie to the analysis that this cabinet is all about establishing a Dutch theocracy.
There's something brewing, friends. This is not good. Secularity is in danger. Freedom of opinion is at stake. We are not allowed anymore to tell people what they do not want to hear. The christian faithful have created an international-islamic proxy to regain the unquestionability of their own views.
Although De Zwijgers analysis misses the point spectacularly, he is right about one thing: it's a coup d'etat, alright. But not by the christians or even the 'christianists'. It is a coup d'etat by tranzi's who are looking to be rid of that develish accountability that so often gets in the way of their best laid plans. In that Balkenende and Rouvoet are no different then De Zwijgers beloved PvdA. All three coalition parties have sold their soul to the tranzi machinery, PvdA and CU forsaking their promise of a referendum on the EU constitution, I mean the Lisbon Treaty, I mean the Turnip.
The PvdA backhandedly dumped one apostate council person for his assertion of his right to not believe (in Allah, in this instance, which doesn't go over too well with one of the PvdA's biggest constituencies), while protecting others who openly discriminate and assert the superiority of islam over EVERYTHING. And let us not forget that it is mainly the PvdA that is pushing for ever more immigration and was the main push behind the amnesty of illegal aliens in the Netherlands. This is all very much in line with the process adopted in EUROMED, more commonly known as Eurabia, made famous by Bat Ye'or.
This is not about christians against poor, oppressed secularists. This is about EUnionists against 'the little people' (also known as the sacred found of power and legitimacy) who want to live free in a REAL democracy, be able to preserve and defend their home and help guide it into its future. Instead they see themselves forced to stand helplessly on the sidelines and watch Gutmenschen like Balkenende, Bos en Rouvoet giving us over to the 'soft totalitarianism' of the EUnion (which will presumably not stay soft for very long). A EUnion which, bent on the distruction of national identity, uses the islamic hordes as a crowbar with which to dismantle the nation-state.
De Zwijgers anti-christian paranoia, along with that of places like Hoeiboei, Frontaal Naakt, Geenstijl and Het Vrije Volk is as misguided as it is unhelpful. Misguided, because they seem to not have the first idea about what it is that makes a person a christian.
Apparently the closest they have ever gotten to the world view of a real christian is what they hear from the media, the MSM. Which means that what is fed to them is a steady diet of tranzi propaganda dressed up as biblical principle and the MSM fascination with fanatics and excentrics of all kinds, including the christian ones. Thus all christians of necessity are appeasing, joy-outlawing pharisees who subjugate their women and are violently opposed to abortion and euthanasia. They further generally only exist to spoil the lives of everyone else (Aside: While I do know a couple of people like that, only one of them is a christian, the other three can best be categorized as environmentalists).
Full confesion mode: I am a christian. I am Dutch Reformed, or in Dutch: 'Gereformeerd', a 'Grefo' in current popular vernacular. The Dutch Reformed community consists of some 36 different denominations, most of which are tiny and of the austere 'black stocking' variety. One of my secret, not-so-guilty, pleasures is, when the subject of religion comes up at a party or social gathering, to bluntly state that yes, I am a 'Grefo' and observe the shocked silence of particularly the secular part of the company. It works every time and it is a source of endless silent giggling.
Having said that, when it comes to matters political, I am firmly in the same camp as a Willem de Zwijger or a Hoeiboei. I am in the camp that opposes the islamisation of the Netherlands and Europe, or the dismantling of democracy and the nation state. And I think that this blog is as excellent a witness to that statement as any.
I am in that camp not despite being a christian, but BECAUSE I am a christian. It's a little beyond the scope of this post to go into the details of why and how. Suffice it to say, that it is part of my belief, my christian tradition, that man is born free before God and is allowed freedom of choice (including the choice not to believe). Any form of government that curtails mans basic freedoms, and this includes islam and the EUnion, is hence to be opposed. Moreover, it includes any form of theocracy, even a christian one. Moreover, in Christian doctrine as I know it a 'christian theocracy' is a logical impossibility: it is either christian, or a theocracy, but it cannot be both. In the words of C.S. Lewis:
I am a democrat because I believe that no man or group of men is good enough to be trusted with uncontrolled power over others. And the higher the pretensions of such power, the more dangerous I think it both to the rulers and to the subjects. Hence Theocracy is the worst of all governments. If we must have a tyrant a robber baron is far better than an inquisitor. The baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity at some point be sated; and since he dimly knows he is going wrong he may possibly repent. But the inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust of power and fear for the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely because he torments us with the approval of his own conscience and his better impulses appear to him as temptations. And since Theocracy is the worst, the nearer any government approaches to Theocracy the worse it will be. A metaphysic, held by the rulers with the force of a religion, is a bad sign. It forbids them, like the inquisitor, to admit any grain of truth or good in their opponents, it abrogates the ordinary rules of morality, and it gives a seemingly high, super-personal sanction to all the very ordinary human passions by which, like other men, the rulers will frequently be actuated.Spiritually I am a Christian, politically I am paleo-conservative. The one is informed by the other, but as our Dear Lord said 'Render onto Ceasar what is Ceasars and unto God what is His'. Which means that although I am generally opposed to abortion, I am equally opposed to legislation prohibiting the practice. Each one of us has their own conscience and responsibility and we should not presume to take lordship over that of others.
All of this I post not because I have to establish my credentials or show off my 'hip' liberalism, but because I want to defuse the anti-christian paranoia exemplified by (but not limited to) De Zwijgers panic attack over Balkenendes supposed coup d'etat. Even if our PM were to try to pull off something like this, I am certain he would find a greater number of christians opposing him then he would supporting him. In that regard the CDA is in a similar pickle with it's traditional constituency as is the PvdA. Or why do we think our PM resorted to such transparent lies to make the Turnip marginally palatable? The same source of principles thus NOT inevitably leads to the same conclusions. That goes for my 'dissidence' against the CDA as much as it explains De Zwijgers deviation from the PvdA party line.
The slightly hysterical analysis that christians are out to establish a theocracy in The Netherlands is unhelpful, because it unnecessarily puts a rift between natural allies. In this struggle we are Dutch first, and secular or religious second. The principles on which our nation was founded have their origins both in christianity and in the secular humanism of Erasmus. What is at stake here is the continued existence of our home land in a form that is still recognizable to us, in which we see ourselves reflected.
Alienating allies by denouncing them en masse as the enemy on the sole basis that they visit a church similar to the one our PM (presumably) visits only serves to fragment the resistance to our current crop of 'leaders' and making it the weaker for it. This struggle is not between believers and seculars. Especially with regard to Wilders and his Fitna, this is about one religion wanting to establish supremacy over all others. And it is about those we trusted with public office but have revealed themselves to be feckless appeasers, not able morally to stand up against evil. Those are found across the benches of Second Chamber of parliament, from Socialist Party and GroenLinks, to the conservative liberal VVD and are not of christian signature only.
The opposition against Wilders and his film, whether internally coming from our political leadership or externally from the backward (very real!) theocracies and two-bit dictatorships that make up the islamic world, must be met decisively and in unity. Once this battle is won there will be plenty of time to squabble amongst ourselves over important issues such as opening times for shops on Sundays and whether state television should or should not broadcast mediocre 1970's porn. But not now. If we want to be victorious we will have to put our difference to the side and stand together.
Or else face separate beheadings.