Modern Europe has two main characteristics – it is Christian in terms of religious roots and it is secular as far as the governance principle is concerned. While the former is more than clear, the latter needs further clarification. The term means that religious matters have no place in state policies and that religion has no place in society’s life. In a stricter sense, Europe should be governed by legal and not religious rules. In theory, the Sharia law has no place in Europe.
Modern Europe has two main characteristics – it is Christian in terms of religious roots and it is secular as far as the governance principle is concerned. While the former is more than clear, the latter needs further clarification. The term means that religious matters have no place in state policies and that religion has no place in society’s life. In a stricter sense, Europe should be governed by legal and not religious rules. In theory, the Sharia law has no place in Europe. However, we all know things are different.
Misguided religious tolerance (although not by itself) brought terrorism to our doorsteps. Granted, Europe has known terror before. Unfortunately, nowadays the general rule seems to be that not all Islamists are terrorists but all terrorists are Islamists. It appears that there is a glaring exception, but after further analysis, it too fits this axiom. I am referring to the world record set by the white Christian terrorist, Norwegian Anders Breivik, member of the Progress Party, who killed 77 people in one day on 22 July 2011.
To this day, you could stumble upon preposterous comments like the suggestion that it is more likely to see a member of the so-called Golden Billion being vanquished by a lightning, or another exotic disaster, than by a blast or an Islamic terrorist. But the facts are clear, the core reasons as well, although apparently not to everyone. The latest wave of conquerors is steadily hitting Europe’s borders. Cliched as it sounds, it bears incessant repeating that in order for us to survive, every European woman has to give birth to at least one daughter. This is a necessity for survival, not growth. The average European woman today does not have that level of demographic contribution. It is actually less than half, which means that in 50 years we will have shrunk four times. Sadly, there are no second shots at the ladder of evolution.
When someone asks for hospitality and assistance, all peoples and religions believe that such should be granted. In the harsh deserts of North Africa, hospitality lasts for three days. In that time the host treats their guests as their own child. On the fourth day, they have the right to kill them. Both sides know that and obey the ancient law – by asking for protection, one turns oneself to the mercy of the host. Lies are cause for banishment. Stealing leads to beatings and banishment. If you dare to grope the mistress of the home, your head will roll. And so on, simple and clear rules. And this is not confined to North Africa.
If you are a second- or third-generation guest (Europe is already full of those), you should be even more grateful, and loyal at the very least. Given the tricks that some migrants on the continent pull (it does not matter which generation), their own relatives would have chopped their heads off on the spot, without any explanations. Everyone knows why.
Europe is secular but everyone is free to pray to their own god in their own home or at a place of worship, be it a church or a mosque. They can listen to their spiritual leaders read sermons promoting good deeds. Leaders who incite the faithful towards war, aggression and terror have no place in secular Europe. Rather, there is place for them in secular Europe’s isolation places called prisons. Europe and the US, which until recently seemed invincible, should withdraw their military forces from the occupied African and Middle East states right now, leaving their peoples to solve matters between themselves. I would tell President Trump and the US military brass that the more troops they sent to Afghanistan, the more their situation will deteriorate. It has been like this for two and a half thousand years and we have no reason to believe things could change. It is simply impossible and the details of “why” can be found in the memories of Alexander the Great’s generals, the emperors of Rome and Prussia, the Queen of England and the King of Russia, even the last Secretary General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.
The money being spent on ongoing wars can and must be used to restore what has been destroyed, in Iraq, Syria and Libya for example, and also spent on compensations for some of those affected. The punishment for human trafficking should become imprisonment for life and seizure of the traffickers’ and their families’ entire property. Corrupt border officers, who make human trafficking possible, should also receive harsh sentences.
And what sort of utter stupidity is for migrants saved from their rickety boats to be transported to the countries where they were headed to? People should be returned to where they came from. The boats should be sunk and the traffickers should not be left free to roam. Simple and clear, anything else is the manifestation of hypocrisy and deeply entrenched corruption, with unmistakable elements of not national but rather civilisational betrayal.
Leaders of all religions (and I emphatically stress – all) should condemn terror in all of its shapes, explain that it runs against the spirit and idea of god’s orders and principles. This compulsory condemnation should be legislated by a European regulation. We should not wait for the latest horrific attack, followed by the cowardly singing of songs proclaiming absence of fear. And not only because such grandstanding is a cheap lie, as any other politically correct garbage, but because we are actually scared and have every right to be. However, being afraid does not mean fleeing in the face of the enemy. It means consciously facing it head on, forcing it to retreat and when all other means are exhausted – destroying it. The reason might seem cynical but it was born in ancient times and out of the main principles of evolution.
The enemy must be stopped, repulsed and annihilated, and not because we are better while the enemy is morally inferior. We are not a divine entity to decide this issue, even though we know the answer. The enemy must be destroyed so that our genes, instead of the enemy’s, are passed down to generations. Anything else is hypocrisy of the worst kind and betrayal far worse than treason. There is no greater sin and worse crime than letting down your civilisation and genes.
There are several other things to be done besides the spiritual leaders of all religions represented in Europe asking and imposing genuine loyalty to our values, without delay or hesitation. Not only the preaching, but also the expression of all forms of empathy, admiration and love for the terrorists, should be equated to a terrorist act and punished accordingly, especially when it is committed by members of the terrorists’ families. Furthermore, the families are almost always guilty; after all they have raised a terrorist. They should be punished accordingly. There are democratic practices in this regard such as deportation, for starters. And, of course, the terrorists captured alive should never be let free again.
It was not that long ago so I am sure that the older of my fellow journalists have not forgotten the obscurantist days our guild had to live through in Bulgaria. No, I am not referring to the years leading up to the events of 10 November 1989, but about the following decade.
These days, the minions of various indicted oligarchs are working overtime, churning out one text after the other – about non-existent gold (caricature) masks, rhinoceroses, letters to the Church, and a tonne more nonsense. All these masterpieces of thought are aimed at the same person – lawmaker of the civil quota of the opposition party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski.
Pope Francis' reflections at last Wednesday's General Audience were really a synthesis of his recent Apostolic journey to Bulgaria and North Macedonia. The Pope began by saying how, in Bulgaria, he was “guided by the living memory of Saint John XXIII”, who spent nearly ten years in the country as Apostolic Delegate.