The Portal November 2016 - Page 24

THE P RTAL November 2016 Page 24 Hillary or Donald? Geoffrey Kirk spots that Christians – Catholics even – have been willing collaborators in this assault on the divine Soon it will be all over, and we will know whether Hillary in her businesslike trouser-suits or Donald, with his bar-room bravado has won the day. name – is [the ideology of] gender.’ The Enlightenment project, which was always to replace the sovereignty of God with human autonomy, is moving towards a final denouement where sex itself becomes an arena of human choice and ‘freedom’. The strange thing is that Christians – Catholics even – have been willing collaborators in this assault  Perhaps the most interesting feature of the campaign on the divine – by embracing, piecemeal, its aims and was not the revelation about Donald’s habitual advances, until the Scriptures themselves have been misogyny (it was hardly unexpected!), but the rabid rendered authoritative only when they can be made to anti-Catholicism of some in the Clinton camp. This was seem in agreement with the ambient culture. not the protestant bigotry which used to characterise American politics. It was something new.  The email The American bishops, quite rightly, objected exchanges revealed an antipathy to Christian values robustly to the recent defamatory emails – but their which betrays the trend and tenor of modern Western ‘liberal’ attitudes on other matters show them to be societies in general. Whilst exotic religions and strange colluding with those they criticise. beliefs (especially Islam) are embraced with inclusive tolerance, Christianity is considered ‘backward’ and deplorable. We should take it as something of a compliment that Catholicism comes in for the most fervent criticism. Make no bones about it, we are the most deplorable of the ‘deplorables’ to whom Hillary referred. The spiteful emails of the chattering classes should not surprise us. They are merely the sound of the pigeons of the Enlightenment coming home to roost. Whilst exotic religions and strange beliefs (especially Islam) are embraced with inclusive tolerance, Christianity is considered ‘backward’ and deplorable It has been easy for Christians to forget that for the best part of two hundred and fifty years the intelligentsia of the West has been the sworn enemy of our religion. Now the arrogance of the philosophers has become the currency of the internet, and the liberation agenda is beginning to enthral us all. Pope Francis is right: ‘In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonisation taking place. And one of these – I will call it clearly by its