Thursday, 26 April 2007

The devil rides out to confront the Welsh Christian Party

I feel compelled to take up arms against the Welsh Christian Party, even though there’s only one of me and they’re sufficiently numerous to contest Assembly seats in all five Welsh electoral regions.

I’d really prefer to turn the other cheek on the basis they’re not worth it, but since one of their main policies is to ban the Red Dragon flag of Wales because it’s “the symbol of the devil in the scriptures”, I’m left with no other option than to call them out. I’m the Red Dragonhood’s standard-bearer, for Christ’s sake!

If I’ve understood their manifesto correctly, their political doctrine is based on an anthology of conflicting essays written in the Dark Ages but edited and reinterpreted several times over the centuries by despots keen to invoke an unimpeachable authority to legitimise their subjugation of the people.

Leader Jeff Green says his party “offers something to voters that the main political parties do not”. Too bloody right it does! The policies of the Welsh Christian Party make the BNP sound like a bunch of woolly-minded liberals. It wants to promote the “traditional [Christian] values” of bigotry, fanaticism, intolerance, racism and institutional homicide on the basis that these principles represent “age-old truths”. I’m not making this up. It’s in their manifesto.

I have respect for genuinely spiritual people of any ethical, humanistic doctrine. But I have nothing but contempt for these dangerous, self-righteous pseudo-religious fascists, even if they do promise to uphold “the highest standards and integrity”, “restore faith in society” and “introduce laws to make Sunday a [compulsory] day of rest”. (Presumably they don’t realise that the Assembly has no authority to make such laws.)

Look, I’d be the first to agree that life can be a bit scary at times. Depressing even. Some days, society’s most intractable problems may seem utterly irresolvable and debilitating. Simple, everyday issues like having to open an Internet account with First Great Western just to buy a train ticket can be frustrating to the point of apoplexy. But we’d be better off swallowing handfuls of Prozac to dull the need for meaning in our lives than bring back the Inquisition to exorcise our uncertainties.

Just like real politicians, the religious extremists of the Welsh Christian Party are trying to use your fears to control you. If you believe in God, you’d better start praying they don’t get many votes.

Here be the devil's works!

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