Europe's transmission of culture is shattered

Christians, horrifyingly, are being slaughtered by Muslims in parts of the world, but they are also being eradicated in Europe.

Giulio Meotti

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“Today it is racist or Islamophobic to refuse the burkini, it is racist to ask what the benefits of immigration are, it is racist to criticize the UN Marrakech's pact, it is racist to defend the right to historical continuity for France and for Europe. For me today the main thing is European civilization, the transmission of culture.” 

There is always very little to add to the words of Alain Finkielkraut, the French-Jewish philosopher who is about to publish a new book “À la première personne”. Continuity and historical-cultural transmission.

We Europeans should only talk about this. Instead the élites made it a taboo in the era of anti-culture.

What happens to Christianity – a pillar of that transmission – in a hyper secularized society? It dies. According with Trouw newspaper, in the Netherlands 20 percent of churches have already closed and hundreds will close in the coming years. Calculations are already being made. In Utrecht, home of the Catholic primate of the Netherlands, only 15 out of the current 280 churches will be saved. 15 out of 280 ... When Friedrich Nietzsche wrote “Gott ist tot” he would never have imagined it coming true up to this point. In the West we are writing the obituary for our cultural heritage. And the ecclesiastical hierarchies take part in the drafting.

In Belgium, Catholicism is at the end of the road. Only 5 priests have been ordered in the last year. De-Christianization has the same symptoms everywhere: empty churches, sexual scandals, hierarchies sudmitted
is it good for the seculars to live in a landscape of commercial centers and mosques?
to the dominant culture, lay people who support the thud of a dying culture.

The Belgian newspaper La Libre is now dedicating a series of articles to the end of the church in Belgium. 20 percent of the churches in Brussels should be closed. There is talk of regions in Belgium where the Sunday frequency at church is under 1 percent of the population. It is no coincidence that Cardinal Robert Sarah, an African conservative prelate, has chosen Belgium to accuse the West of “chilling things”. “What future for our bell towers?”, reads an article from La Libre. Will we pull them down? And is it good for the seculars to live in a landscape of commercial centers and mosques?

Now compare the news from Africa. Several women from the Christian village of Kalagari, Cameroon, had been captured by the Islamic fundamentalists of Boko Haram. A source said: “They arrived at night, they entered homes and kidnapped women. Only women. They each cut off one ear. Then they released them, threatening that they would return, that this was the first warning. It is terrifying”.

It is terrifying that no one speaks of this slaughterhouse of Christians in the West.

We still have our ears, but we hear nothing.

"Those people are the same ones who came here many years ago. And we accepted them. We are the original people in this land. We accepted them, we opened the doors for them, and they push us to be minorities in our land, then refugees in our land. And this will be with you if you don't wake up." — Metropolitan Nicodemus.