UK State Religion is Secular Liberalism Not Christianity!
Aqeel Bin Fadl
From the very moment Tim Farron became the new Liberal Democrat leader on Thursday 16th July 2015, he has been at the forefront of receiving a brutal onslaught by his critics. Farron a practicing catholic from the age of 20 has been put under a microscope in a barrage of interrogation style interviews held by the Media. The likes of which took place on Channel 4 News where Farron appears to be uncomfortably clawing a way out when being questioned on his personal views on homosexuality. Farron’s “Christian Convictions” have been viewed as a cause for concern amongst a diverse number of liberals ranging from MPs to the general public and the media hounded him for this. The eruption took place when being directly questioned on whether he believed the homosexual act was sinful. Farron clearly evaded the question when pressurised for an answer and ultimately replied to Cathy Newman saying “to understand Christianity is to understand that we are all sinners” This statement left many unsatisfied with Farron’s evasive answer.
The idea of Secular Liberal Democracy was born in an era where monarchies used religion to oppress any dissent and justify an absolute monarchy. The growing voice of the people tied together with thinkers and activists of the time resulted in a secular liberal revolution which would supposedly put an end to the tyranny caused upon minorities by the monarchical structure of ruling. The argument put forward was that all religions could coexist under a secular political system that would act as a neutral platform for all peoples and their beliefs. The truth is that 21st century secular Britain is just a modernised version of the 16th century totalitarianism of the Church. We don’t need to look far to find secularism imposing itself on society. There have been numerous rulings against the right of Christians wanting to practice their beliefs such as “refusing to work on Sundays”. Other cases also include the likes of Christian ‘bed and breakfast’ owners who lost their appeal against a gay couple when refusing them to share a room together. The Christian couple argued that they believed it was a sin for two unmarried people to share the same bed yet the ruling deemed their actions as unlawful and they were penalised for their actions. Another case was a Christian baking firm ‘Ashers Baking Company’ which refused to make a cake featuring a pro-gay marriage slogan and found the judgement against them with a fine and a discrimination charge. The district judge stated that “all business owners will have to promote any cause or campaign no matter how much they disagree with it”. The judge also stated businesses to either accommodate for customers or close the business if they can’t guarantee this. Other cases also include a Christian registrar not being allowed to opt out of conducting gay civil partnerships even though they argue it goes against their moral and religious principles. Moreover, in the recent Trojan Horse scandal, Christian Faith Schools were also interrogated for not promoting liberalism. This shows that Britain is imposing it’s religion of secular liberalism on society just as the Christian dictatorship of the past was.
MPs such as Michael Grove talk about how Christianity plays a bench warmers role in the field of play in politics. He once said that “now Christianity means the banal morality of the fairy tale and genuflection before a sky pixie’s simplicitie”. Tim Farron witnessed the reality of Goves comments and Christians have been pressurised to accept liberal values even though they may be at heterodox with their faith. The orthodox belief in Christianity is against homosexuality viewing it as sin, the same can be seen with other faiths such as Islam. The law clearly shows a no tolerance policy when it comes to the beliefs of other faith groups wanting to express their beliefs in all parts of their lives. Just as the Christians, in the aforementioned examples including the new Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, have had to compromise their beliefs in order to fit in to the secular liberal democratic structure the same is expected of all the people living in the United Kingdom to follow suite. Effectively there is an attempt to forcibly convert all peoples to the secular liberal ideology of the UK.
Muslims are also subjected to the secular liberal dictatorship. The government’s counter-extremism strategy has shown that certain forms of Islamic expression will not be tolerated in public life. If you don’t submit to the religion of the state, then you will either be forced to compromise your beliefs like Tim Farron, or be branded an “extremist”, the 21st century version of a heretic, and be excluded from engaging in society. Under the guise of counter-extremism, David Cameron in his latest speech conflated the political violence by ISIS to the belief in the Khilafah and has made clear that Muslims must accept “British Values”. The narrative of non-violent extremism is an attempt to root out the conservatively held Islamic views by Muslims and replace them with secular liberal beliefs and values.
Taking this into account Muslims must firmly hold on to the Sharia of Allah SWT and reject the attempts by the secular liberal establishment to secularise Islam like it has successfully achieved with Christianity. Muslims need to hold firm and put into practice the example set by the Prophet SAW when it came to challenging the ideas contrary to the belief and never letting go of the Haqq (truth). Allah the most high says…
And whoever is an ally of Allah and His Messenger and those who have believed – indeed, the party of Allah – they will be the predominant [5:48]