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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Clash of Civilizations

Buchanan is right on here. The key point to be made is that Muslims have never fully (and don't want to) assimilated into Western culture. In fact--by all accounts--they will not assimilate. Thus, they are left to their ethnic enclaves, do not participate in civic and social groups, and introduce Sharia law through their unwitting pawns in the liberal-politico establishment.

There have actually been some courageous voices from Rome--as there should be:

"In reality,"says Civiltà Cattolica, "for almost a thousand years Europe was under constant threat from Islam, which twice put its survival in serious danger." Now, in its radical, terrorist form, it is doing so again - but up until now no one at the Vatican, and precious few elsewhere, have taken much notice.

(The aforementioned article is a few years old, but like the Summa Theologiae, relevant and timely.)

Given the situation in France, maybe we ought to take this threat more seriously. Militarily we seem to be there, but much more important and much more essential is the cultural battle. This should be a clarion call for everyone to shore up and maintain our Christian Culture: Thursday, start having kids right away (after you have made your vows)! Phlogizo, start a Schola at your local parish! Devil's Advocate, puff the smoke from your pipe into some prickly feminist's face! Ryder, puff the smoke from your pipe into some prickly feminist's face. And everyone, say the grace before meals publicly "magna cum voce" at a restaurant! Just some practical hints to maintain sanity in a world that is rapidly drifting--if not already there--towards barbarism.

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