LEFTIST ATTACK ON CHRISTMAS
PC police are the grinch of any festive cheer
PIERS AKERMAN, The Sunday Telegraph December 24, 2017 12:00am
NEXT Christmas Eve, the world will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the carol to peace, Silent Night, Holy Night, and wistfully hope, as we always do that it were true that “all is calm, all is bright”.
Pastor Joseph Mohr wrote the original in Oberndorf, Austria, performed at the December 24 service for a guitar accompaniment — the village church organ had broken down that day.
Some choirs still sing it in its original German but whatever the language, the message is universally Christian.
Christ was born in Bethlehem to be the Saviour and King.
Would that the hymn heralding the season of peace, the celebration of the birth of Christ, and the beginning of an era that despite all the negative events of the past 2000 years, particularly the World Wars of the last century, had been the harbinger of universal peace.
Instead, and despite ushering in a philosophy based firstly on the stern commandment that there is just one God and secondly that we should love our neighbours as we love ourselves, we find we are living in a fractious world in which offence is encouraged and a climate of complaint is the norm.
It’s difficult to conceive, but intolerance has increasingly become the default position of those to whom a helping, charitable, caring hand has been offered.
Where once good works were received with gratitude and thanks, those who extend helping hands are now greeted with snarls of contempt.
The United Nations has long lost its way, instilling permanent resentment in generations long disconnected from towns and villages their ancestors left — sometimes in order to fight against those who inspired to create the state of Israel in the land their ancestors had lived in for millennia.
Tyranny and totalitarianism have replaced colonialism in many parts of the world but, in the West, universities peddle a wilful moral blindness to the awfulness of evil dictatorships that crush the human spirit.
This undermining of the essence of enlightened values starts in small, almost innocuous fashion.
Some members of a non-denominational, even secular choir told me they were subjected to covert bullying over the wording of one of the carols, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, that has been in their repertoire since they first went public.
The objection was to the word “man” in the verse:
“Hail! the heav’n born Prince of Peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King!”
One doesn’t have to be any sort of scholar to know that the reference to “man” is to all mankind, but obviously, some of the unenlightened choristers thought that it was somehow exclusionary of women, perhaps, of those of indeterminate gender, and for heaven’s sake, were so anxious not to offend that they imposed their will on the other choir members who acquiesced for the sake of peace in the neighbourhood, if not the world.
It seems a small issue, but in point of fact they caved in and once you start caving in, no matter what excuse you make, you never stop losing ground — as the Victorian Police last week seemed to when their acting chief police commissioner Shane Patton was forced to defend the toughness of his officers after they failed to make any arrests despite a wave of youth gang outrages.
Patton told Melbourne’s 3AW radio station the decision to disperse a brawl at an Airbnb property in Werribee on Tuesday night rather than make arrests on the scene was the right one.
“Victoria Police is not soft, we do use the appropriate force, but we have to balance people’s human rights,” Mr Patton said.
In this case, more than 100 youths turned on police when they arrived, allegedly pelting them with rocks and other projectiles, which resulted in one officer suffering a minor elbow injury, according to a report in The Australian newspaper.
Mr Patton also said “different sections of the community” would oppose Victoria Police using water cannons to handle similar riots in the future.
Despite the home being trashed and tags linked to the notorious Apex gang and a new African youth group called “Menace to Society” marking the walls, no charges were laid until Friday when a 15-year-old boy was remanded to appear on charges of aggravated burglary, criminal damage and armed robbery.
In the balance, the rights of the home’s owner seem to have been ignored by police anxious to appease the unbalanced human rights lobby.
And while we are reaping the bitter fruit of the relentless lobbying by the soppy Left, who urge surrender to people-smugglers, drug-peddlers and those eager to undermine the West, I would like to thank the 2500 members of the armed services serving overseas this Christmas attempting to bring some peace and order in unstable and dangerous locations.
And thanks, too, to those volunteers and frontline emergency workers, police, ambos and first responders — they are dealing with the idiots and criminals we have tacitly encouraged through our slavish cult of tolerating the intolerant.