Many people would consider Melanie Phillips to be the Daily Mail’s most unbalanced commentator. While I can see the appeal in that argument, I do feel obliged to stand up for Peter Hitchens’ claim to be a contender for title. Recently he wrote a cheerfully evidence-free article on the pro-gay tyranny of the modern state:
“We cringe to the new Thought Police, like the subjects of some insane, sex-obsessed Stalinist state, compelled to wave our little rainbow flags as the â€˜Gay Prideâ€™ parade passes by… And thatâ€™s another thing. We canâ€™t even call homosexuals â€˜homosexualsâ€™ any more. This neutral word is not considered enthusiastic enough. We have to say â€˜gayâ€™. Which is exactly why I donâ€™t, apart from in inverted commas.”
Now Mr. Hitchens now wonders why the Pope would consider visiting Britain, a country that he claims persecutes Christians:
“Hereâ€™s a thought. Youâ€™ll have noticed that openly Christian citizens are the ones who increasingly get the rough end of this society. The cultural elite jeers at them, militant atheists denounce religious education as a form of child abuse, people are threatened for doing or saying Christian things.”
Watch out Melanie. Your title is under threat.
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