Since this morning it’s clear from where – in the UK at least – comes the biggest terrorism threat. In step with the theme, here’s my list of demands, and if they are not met, I will continue to point out the many errors in the ways we deal with Muslims in Europe. And that’s a hard threat – sue me.
1) I demand that books will be published on the subject of Catholicism and how it’s irreconcileable with modern Western culture. I suggest titles like “Eurome” or “The Enemy Within – A Hard Look At The Vatican”. We are lucky to have a Pope with a rather scary mug, so use it like portraits of Ayatollah Khomeiny or Ayman Al-Zawahiri are used.
2) I demand that Web forums, blogs and discussion pages in newspapers be filled with comments about the evils of Catholicism, even when the subject is unrelated. In relation to this, I demand that even formerly leftist papers change their tune to include lots of space for anti-Catholics to spew their venom.
3) I demand that “the left” gets blamed for this. It was that Labour bastard Tony Blair who forged a peace deal between good Christian leaders from the Unionist side and those evil, untrustworthy Catholics from the Republican side who are hell-bent on conquering the world. The Pope’s recent visit to Australia – where some leftwinger recently took over from prime minister John Howard – must also be presented in this light to promote belief in this worldwide conspiracy of clergymen.
4) I demand that common people rise up and refuse to have new Catholic churches built in their neighbourhoods. The towers of such churches are symbols of the power of the Pope and the architecture of these buildings reflects an unwillingness to integrate into the rest of society. Maybe someone should set fire to a small chapel here or there, to send a clear signal to those pernicious Pope-worshippers that they should go back where they bloody well came from.
5) I demand immigration measures – the influx of Catholics into our good, Christian nations must be halted. The EU should preferably get rid of such hotbeds of clerical activism as Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Poland, and should closely monitor the situation in Belgium, France and the southern half of Germany. But at the very least it should not accept new membership of any predominantly Catholic state.
Of course, these are demands taken straight from the daily practice of our dealings with Muslims. Sure, they come from the extreme corners of society, but some of this has treacled down into the mainstream. Let’s crunch some numbers here to see what the threat really is.
Of the 61 million people of Great Britain (numbers courtesy of the CIA World Factbook), 2.7% are Muslim. That’s roughly 1.65 million. Coincidence has it that the population of Northern Ireland is only slightly bigger than the Muslim population in all of the UK – roughly 1.68 million according to the 2001 census. With Catholics making up 43.76% of the population (same source) that means about 737.000 of them live in Northern Ireland. And these people, in numbers not even half as strong as the Muslims, are currently responsible for 60% of the terrorist threats.
Believe me, I do not advocate any discriminatory measures towards Catholics. But these numbers make perfectly clear where the terror threat emerges: in extremism. Be that Catholic or Muslim extremism, Fascist or Communist extremism or extremist nationalism.That’s what has always threatened open, liberal and democratic societies and that’s what we need to watch. And no, extremism is not a Muslim trademark.