By now you may have come across the controversy spun up over the weekend when Rep. Clay Higgins, the new congressman from Louisiana’s 3rd District, sent an outraged reaction to the London Bridge jihadist attacks over Facebook.
The bulk of what Higgins said was remarkable only for the florid and perhaps overwrought language he used in saying it.
“Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals,” he thundered. And perhaps “heathen animals” is a bit hot for a member of Congress to inject into the public discussion – but what Higgins said is, in fact, American policy. We impose economic sanctions on state sponsors of terror, do we not? Epithets aside, what Higgins said is at most an exhortation to enhance the status quo.
Then next, “Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied.” That is also a statement of the status quo. It ought to be remembered that the reason why President Trump’s travel ban, which is considered such an affront to civil liberties in some quarters, included the countries it did not because they’re Islamic nations. The travel ban named Libya, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen because none of them have the adequate facilities to screen out radicalized Islamic suspects.
And finally, “Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.” Certainly, that’s red-hot language, perhaps hotter than most of us are comfortable with hearing from a political leader – or perhaps not. Once again, though, it’s a statement of American policy. Did Barack Obama not spend eight years annihilating international terror suspects with drone strikes? And was that campaign of merciless violence in any way controversial on the Right or the Left in this country?
All Higgins asked for was a more comprehensive effort to do what we’ve already said we’re going to do. He didn’t use politically correct language in saying it, but then again that’s one reason why the former police officer, who came to fame in a series of Crimestoppers videos as a tough-talking “Cajun John Wayne,” got elected in the first place.
Besides, it’s how Higgins started his message which is really what caused all the trouble.
“The free world… all of Christendom… is at war with Islamic horror,” was his first sentence.
Christendom. That’s a word you can’t say anymore. That’s what really set the elites off.
As a geographical statement, Higgins’ definition is accurate. What we consider the free world, or Western civilization, is, generally speaking, Europe, the Americas and Australia – and that, dear friends, is Christendom; it’s the part of the planet where society evolved from the teachings of the Bible and the mores and values Christian – or Judeo-Christian, if you prefer – faith has taught.
But as a cultural statement, Higgins’ definition isn’t exactly correct. Not anymore. Because unlike the Muslim world, where religious faith is the primary driver of culture, Christendom isn’t really Christendom.
If it was, you wouldn’t see churches becoming mosques in Europe. You wouldn’t see entire parts of major European cities becoming “no-go zones” – something else we’re not allowed to talk about – for police and other first responders. You wouldn’t have a Rotherham, or a Cologne. You wouldn’t have people going on TV both in Europe and here and defending the practice of female genital mutilation as a legitimate cultural expression.
Those things didn’t happen in Christendom. Christendom, for whatever flaws it had, preserved itself through whatever means available. Christendom fought the civilizational fight against the jihad — at Tours, at Lepanto, at Vienna. Christendom won the Spanish Reconquista, and Christendom put an end to the international slave trade dominated by the Muslim world for hundreds of years (the Muslims dominate what’s left of it still).
And along the way, Christendom gave the world the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the market economy, the Bill of Rights, the combustion engine, the Industrial Revolution, the splitting of the atom, men on the moon and the Information Age. No society in history has contributed so much worth, and wealth, to humanity.
And Christendom, in an age before the twin poisons of cultural Marxism — multiculturalism and political correctness — turned the West’s ruling and cultural elite away from the root values of civilization, defeated both Nazism and, later, communism.
Now it’s a dirty word.
And that’s a fact which says a lot more about the society Higgins seeks to defend than Higgins himself.
If there’s a silver lining to all this, it’s the fact there is still a large segment of Western society willing to defend Christendom. And every time there’s a San Bernardino, or a Manchester, or a London Bridge, that segment grows bolder. In America, that segment of society gave Trump the presidency. In Europe, it isn’t as strong. But someday soon, the time will come, particularly across the Atlantic, when a choice will be made — and that choice must be Christendom. It isn’t necessary to refill the churches, though that would certainly help. It is necessary for the societies built from the Bible to rediscover the values that made them great.
Because cultural Marxism won’t beat the jihad. Christendom has. It will again, if it’s only given a chance.
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