This, we all agree, is an outrage. Yet in the West we are still more concerned about "mansplaining" or "manspreading". I guess once these egregious wrongs are corrected we can then move on to the genuine brutality faced by women under the laws of some Islamic lands eh? Yeah, I know, I won't hold my breath,
And people with such beliefs are moving here. How will we integrate them? The discussion of the spreading dangers of Islam is not complete without evaluating our own context. As I've said in the past, the weakening of our own context has made the strengthening of Islam all the more of a threat - if we're already collapsing from within then what resistance can we offer to its advance? We're in a phase of radical doubt about what used to be considered some of the most elementary matters of life - the value of an unborn child's life; right and wrong; what is gender?; the defence of our own laws, culture and borders. Things that, even fifty years ago, were clearly understood.
So are these signs of the end of our culture? Well of course.
The only question is what are we going to do about it?
The very useful 13 minute video below has a lot of research in it (plus, regrettably, some foul language) - its creator references historians such as Arnold Toynbee and thinkers like Camille Paglia, Theodore Dalrymple, Eric Zemmour & Michel Houellebecq. He notes the demographic advance of Islam in the West and the very high level of confidence Muslims in general have in their religion & worldview.
He touches on the genuinely alarming level of drug & alcohol abuse and of depression & suicide rates in the West. He also singles out the Church for criticism - glad I'm not the only one - but thankfully provides us an example of at least one informed voice within it "crying in the wilderness" trying to attract attention. There are actually quite a few such voices, but their most immediate challenge is getting the Church itself to hear, never mind the larger population.
Facebook and other social media platforms have been doing their bit to discourage alternate opinions by banning people and groups (like Islam critic "Tommy Robinson") that have the wrong opinions. Recently Facebook has banned posts from an outfit called Zerohedge. Zerohedge started in the Global Financial Crisis, which is when I began reading it, and it offered an alternate view of economics & the world of finance. Seeing as the regular media had completely missed the signals leading to that Crash you might say there was definitely a niche in the market. More recently they've also commented on more general cultural trends. But, without an appropriate explanation, Facebook has decided that they do not comply with its increasingly nebulous, if not inscrutable, "community standards".
When only one opinion is allowed isn't that tyrannical? I thought diversity was our strength? Just not diversity of opinion though eh?
We aren't even being allowed to think.
Without a strong anchor for life and a strong sense of meaning we are, unsurprisingly, coming apart in every conceivable way. The creator of this video, though socially conservative, doesn't strike me as a particularly religious person, yet the problems he highlights and the questions asked have historically been handily addressed by the old Faith of the West: Christianity.
Not any more. What now?