Cardinal Nichols sets up a straw man when discussing the immigration crisis: “I think the immigration crisis is real and it needs concerted effort to address it. It needs to be addressed realistically with resources and proper legislation, but it’s almost impossible to do that in an atmosphere in which fear and hatred are the dominant features. It does nobody any good, this somewhat self-indulgent way in which people have begun to express themselves and their distaste and their hatred of people who they see as different. And that is creating a culture of fear among people who have been welcomed here.”
The cardinal, like many Western leaders, dismisses those who are concerned about large-scale Muslim migration into the West as having “hatred of people who they see as different” and creating “an atmosphere in which fear and hatred are the dominant features.” Many politicians speak this way today, criticizing the “politics of fear” as if fear were something always and in every case to be shunned, despised, and rejected. But is that really the case? The proper response to the jihad threat should not be fear, but determined resolution to stand for freedom; still, is fear really something that is tantamount to being morally wrong? If someone has a headache that lasts for days and goes to the doctor because he is afraid he has a serious illness, should the doctor say, “Go home and don’t give in to fear”? If a hiker is confronted by a hungry, ferocious lion, should he refuse to flee because that would be giving in to fear?
And as far as “hatred of people who they see as different,” Nichols probably thinks that those who are opposed to mass Muslim migration in the West are motivated by racism and xenophobia. Is it racism and xenophobia to take note of the fact that Ahmad al-Mohammed and one other of the jihadis who murdered 130 people in Paris in November 2015 had just entered Europe as refugees? Is it racism and xenophobia to recall that in February 2015, the Islamic State boasted it would soon flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees? Or that the Lebanese Education Minister said in September 2015 that there were 20,000 jihadis among the refugees in camps in his country?
Meanwhile, 80% of migrants who have come to Europe claiming to be fleeing the war in Syria aren’t really from Syria at all. So why are they claiming to be Syrian and streaming into Europe, and now the U.S. as well? An Islamic State operative gave the answer when he boasted in September 2015, shortly after the migrant influx began, that among the flood of refugees, 4,000 Islamic State jihadis had already entered Europe. He explained their purpose: “It’s our dream that there should be a caliphate not only in Syria but in all the world, and we will have it soon, inshallah.” These Muslims were going to Europe in the service of that caliphate: “They are going like refugees,” he said, but they were going with the plan of sowing blood and mayhem on European streets. As he told this to journalists, he smiled and said, “Just wait.”
On May 10, 2016, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, said that the Islamic State was using migrant routes through the Balkans to get jihadis into Europe.
Cardinal Nichols is calling upon Britain to invite jihad terrorism and commit societal and civilizational suicide, in the name of Christian charity. Is that what Christian charity is, as far as he is concerned? Do Christians have no responsibility to try to protect their own families and children, home and heritage?
In any case, he needn’t worry: Britons are going to learn a great deal from the vibrancy of the migrants’ Islamic faith. More than they realize.
“Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)
“Britons could learn from ‘vibrant’ faith of Muslim migrants – Cardinal,” by John Bingham, Telegraph, November 4, 2016:
British people have much to learn from the “vibrancy of the Muslim faith” of new immigrants including refugees, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has said.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols…accused politicians of “trading in fear” and said media stories constantly portraying immigration in a negative light were proving “corrosive of our best nature”.
“I think this country will benefit actually from the vibrancy of the Christian faith that many people bring here,” he said.
“Of course what we have to learn too is from the vibrancy of the Muslim faith that comes here.”
He added: “I think the immigration crisis is real and it needs concerted effort to address it,” he said.
“It needs to be addressed realistically with resources and proper legislation, but it’s almost impossible to do that in an atmosphere in which fear and hatred are the dominant features.
“It does nobody any good, this somewhat self-indulgent way in which people have begun to express themselves and their distaste and their hatred of people who they see as different.
“And that is creating a culture of fear among people who have been welcomed here.”