Sunday, 23 January 2011
"Just because something is true doesn't mean you can say it."
"You can't express views that were common currency 30 or 40 years ago."
These two comments are taken from an interview with BBC radio presenter Jeremy Vine in which he speaks of how the Christian faith is effectively being 'framed' out of public discourse in contemporary Britain (click on the post title to view). Vine, it should be noted, is a practicing Anglican. He perceptively describes how what he calls "the parameters of right thinking" are being narrowed to exclude expressions of belief in God.
Readers might be reminded of how, in George Orwell's fictional vision of England in 1984, "Newspeak" was used to exercise thought-control and expunge the past. Is this, we wonder, a case of the powers that be over-compensating in order not to offend non-Christians? If so, it is surely wrong-headed, for doesn't pluralism mean that everyone gets a seat at the table and a voice in the discussion? Or is it something altogether more sinister? Has the Devil read Orwell?