PETER HITCHENS: Forget the burkas: the faith of Christianity is really under siege

A Christian nurse, Sarah Kuteh (pictured), was fired from an NHS hospital for daring to suggest that a patient she was treating could go to church

A Christian nurse, Sarah Kuteh (pictured), was fired from an NHS hospital for daring to suggest that a patient she was treating could go to church

A Christian nurse, Sarah Kuteh (pictured), was fired from an NHS hospital for daring to suggest that a patient she was treating could go to church

How we like to worry about the wrong. While the country is convulsing with Islamic face veils, a truly disturbing event, which affects our freedom and our future, goes almost unnoticed.

This is the spooky, totalitarian treatment of a Christian nurse, Sarah Kuteh, dismissed from an NHS hospital for daring to suggest that a patient she was treating could go to church and (horror of horrors) gave her a Bible to a patient inappropriately.

The good news is that Ms. Kuteh, whose skills as a nurse have never been questioned, has now returned to work thanks to the political commissaries who increasingly control our country. But the price of this is a humiliating process of self-criticism, the kind that used to be common in communist states. In general, everything is done in an awful form of English that makes a supermarket box robot sound like Shakespeare.

To regain the favor of the commissioners, he had to write a "reflexive" rule in which he "incorporated his obligations in relation to having clear professional boundaries and not expressing his personal beliefs in an inappropriate manner" and "establishing the steps you must follow. " have taken to address the deficiencies highlighted in their practice. You have addressed how you would act differently in the future. "In other words, she has confessed her mental crime and promised not to repeat it.

Well, that's modern Britain, a muddy, totalitarian state in which unemployment, more than the gulag, is used to threaten people with conformism and force them to keep their deepest and beloved beliefs in personal secrecy while they are in state facilities.

How absurd. Christianity is more or less the origin of modern nursing. I am glad that my dear Aunt Ena, a nurse of extraordinary courage and devotion, and an exemplary Christian in thought, word and deed, did not live to see this era.

But the cultural revolution has a special hatred for Christianity, perhaps precisely because until very recently the idea reigned in all our hearts.

And I doubt that the same horrible process was imposed on a nurse who suggested that her patients attended a mosque, or gave them a copy of the Koran. Because while the British State detests Christianity, it fears Islam. So do many other people.

It is this fear that has driven much of the stupid frenzy that followed the not especially funny or original observations of Alexander & # 39; Boris & # 39; Johnson on niqabs, burkas and mailboxes.

Here is a simple point about these two great religions. If you do not believe in them, and to a certain extent even if you do, both religions are a set of political and social opinions, chosen by those who have them.

Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent, where Sarah Kuteh was fired after she was accused of not respecting diversity

Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent, where Sarah Kuteh was fired after she was accused of not respecting diversity

Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent, where Sarah Kuteh was fired after she was accused of not respecting diversity

People have every right to disagree and make fun of them, as they would with any other manifesto and party. I am against personal rudeness and deliberate offense, like the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. But I am totally in favor of reasoned criticism, and a little humor, and I am tired of the silly people who call this "Islamophobia" as if it were some kind of disease.

Being critical of Islam is not the same as Judophobia, which is such an important issue in the Labor Party. Jufophobes do not like Jews because they are the ones who are unalterably, not because of what they think at this moment.

For example, the Nazis murdered the distinguished German Christian theologian and Catholic nun, Edith Stein, because she had Jewish ancestors. They took the trouble to chase her in her Dutch convent and drag her to Auschwitz so they could kill her. That is a phobia in action.

As it happens, I have enough sympathy with some parts of Islam. On a visit to Iran, I was very impressed with the beauty of a young and very intelligent woman, a school teacher, who presented a convincing defense of modesty in dress, and clearly had not been forced by her husband into the night. – Black clothes she wore.

I have found similar views in Turkey and Egypt. Forced veiling is another matter, but I can not see that state bans or public mockery will make much difference in that.

We have fellow Muslims among us, for better or for worse. They are our neighbors. We are going to have to elaborate a civilized relationship, in which we can speak frankly to each other. I have never found any of them upset by serious discussion. Many are saddened by much of what they see around them. I also. Many want this country to be more Christian. I also.

One of the supreme achievements of a free civilization is the ability to disagree without hating your opponent. We need to learn it again.

Beware the true threat

In the midst of our exaggerated fear and hatred of Russia, strangely we are not interested in the dangerous despotism of China, which not only flattens freedom of expression in its own territory, but seeks to do so here.

A notable critic of Beijing's behavior in Hong Kong, Benedict Rogers, has been the victim of an extraordinary personal attack that, in my opinion, has come directly from the Chinese state.

His neighbors in Surrey (the whole street) have been sent anonymous letters telling him about him and denouncing him, trying to soften the impact with false humor. They include a photograph of him and the words "See it". The unnamed correspondent has even sent a letter to Mr. Rogers' mother in rural Dorset (how did they find her?) Saying: "We, as a Chinese race … care not to be lectured, seen or intimidated by his son".

A man, intimidating a superpower? I have also heard about Chinese attempts to put pressure on British student societies that have dared to criticize their regime. It is not enough to silence dissent at home. They want to do it here, too. Look at these.

A mission with an alarming turn

I confess that I really enjoy the Mission: Impossible films, mainly because the chase scenes offer wonderful and unexpected views of big and beautiful cities.

I really can not understand what is happening and I worry that almost nobody has time to eat anything. But in the latter, the manufacturers seem to have developed some kind of consciousness, in which one can not sacrifice an individual (even one of their own paid agents) for the greater good.

If this continues, the bad guys will start to win.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which was released last month

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which was released last month

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which was released last month

As lobbyists and ambitious lobbyists continue their cynical and well-funded campaign for legal marijuana, the evidence that this would be insane continues to grow. Now we have the confession of Parkland High shooter Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people at the Florida school last February. And, like almost all the riot killers everywhere, from Nice to Arizona in recent years, it turns out to be a big marijuana user. Do not listen to the Big Dope Lobby. Like Big Tobacco, they are happy that others die if they get rich.

I have been banned (I hope for life) by the online encyclopedia edition, Wikipedia. My sin was to make a joke. This outfit seems to be executed by an anonymous and short version of the Spanish Inquisition, only without a sense of humor. I would say that it is reasonably reliable on issues such as trees and warships. But it is not controversial at all.

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