At the Anglican boarding school I attended in England as a scholarship boy from the age of ten it often seemed rather better to die than to lose to a rival neighbouring school at rugby or even cricket. The aftermath of wartime heroism still hung almost visibly in the air: boys were still trained not just to be gentlemanly scholars but by implication to be future military leaders for whom there is a seemingly endless wartime need. Just look at the tragic example of the first world war. So far as rugby went I was not just about the youngest boy in my year but for a long time almost the smallest; food was hardly plentiful in war-time Britain and I did not grow to my full height until I later did compulsory military service in Germany as a member of the peacetime occupying force. I did, however, manage rather unusually to get into our very strong First XI at cricket at the tender age of fifteen when I was not just its smallest member but its fastest bowler. Later on I was appointed the school’s captain of cricket as my father had been before me. I hope Israel Folau – who seemed to experience no trouble at all in growing or developing prodigious natural abilities – will forgive the seeming irrelevance of my first paragraph because I have nothing but admiration for his stance. Indeed if you personally disagree with me here is a question you should immediately ask yourself: in what precise year would this giant, likeable sportsman first have fallen foul of our rugby administrators in Australia or elsewhere largely for quoting Christian teaching? I am willing to bet the year would be rather closer to now than you think.
In heartily congratulating Scott Morrison on his brilliantly executed and worked for victory – which to Christians like the Prime Minister himself may very well have seemed miraculous – one might pertinently ask why being openly Christian in performing the highest office in the land should be acceptable when it no longer seems to be so for rugby players? I have no difficulty at all in answering the latter question and hope you will forgive me if I first recount a personal professional experience. From my earliest days I wanted to be a painter and first became so when in my mid-twenties. Indeed I made some kind of living for years – subsidised by teaching and playing sport – until I first began to realise just how politicised the whole business of visual art was becoming in Britain and elsewhere. Suddenly the previous level-seeming playing field of visual art had acquired an enormous tilt largely through a universal employment of empty rhetoric e.g. this art is wonderfully progressive while that art is unforgivably reactionary. In fact I first became a writer by perceived necessity rather than choice. My first book The Art of Self Deception was published in 1977 and led eventually to my writing a weekly column for this venerable magazine in Britain for 11 years (1984-95). I also wrote regularly for international scholarly art journals.
What we urgently need to recognise now above all is that Neo-Marxism and all the various facets of so-called post-modernism really amount to nothing more than communism by stealth. Knowing that major liberal democracies cannot be overthrown easily by frontal assault, post-modernism has consistently ‘ducked round the back’ of worthwhile civilisation where it seeks entry through what are often cleverly deceptive means. Political correctness, feminism, gender issues and so forth are all basic attempts to devalue the family which is the historic bedrock of traditional Western civilisation. So-called homophobia – which from its linguistic root literally means merely ‘fear of the same’ rather than anything more abusive – has been cited as a reason why Folau’s quotations from the Bible are seen as offensive in some quarters. Yet why should all who lack apparent credence in any after-life be in the least concerned about what orthodox Christians do or don’t think about this whole matter? Ostensible anti-free speech legislation apart, nothing will fundamentally change this anyway. Had an ALP government under Shorten been elected free speech for Christians would very shortly have been even more curtailed than it is already. Karl Marx and all his subsequent followers knew and know well that Christianity and the traditional family are the major obstacle they must overcome before their totally fictitious ‘Marxist utopia’ can ever reign on this earth. What other distractions from a traditional moral code can they throw in our way? What about the unscientific idea that accelerated global warming will ensure that we all fry on earth long before we do so in any kind of purgatory?
In the electorate where I voted, a card from the would-be ALP representative states clearly ‘EXTREME FIRES, FLOODS AND DROUGHTS ARE GETTING WORSE’ which has no proven scientific basis whatsoever. But imagine the effect on an already brainwashed and poorly-educated 15 year-old. Would she care to debate the contents of Ian Plimer’s Heaven and Earth (Connor Court 2009)? Far from Christianity being an outdated superstition we are now assailed everywhere by pseudo-science.
Amid the LNP rejoicings I felt particularly for Tony Abbott who lost his well-served seat to someone who once came third in an Olympic slalom. Does any more elitist sport exist for any Australian? With the shortage of snow here training can only be conducted for most of the year – at very considerable cost – in overseas resorts. If Australia is not to remain forever a hopelessly divided and misguided country, Scott Morrison needs to bring education and the arts in from the condition of the permanently biased political permafrost in which they currently exist. If he does not know how there are those who can help him. We often excel at science and medical research here but these are not – yet – permanently politicised. Might this be a lesson for us all?