At NRO’s The Corner, my favorite historian, Victor Davis Hanson remarks:
What are we to make of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s amazing concession that the implementation of Sharia Law in the U.K. was “unavoidable”? A couple of things: what will happen when the U.K.’s PC multiculturalism collides with Muslim anti-gay rulings? Is hanging someone (cf. the thousands of homosexuals who went to the gallows in Iran the last 30 years) just ‘different’ and needs only to be contextualized?
And one could argue that Christendom’s clergy at least put up a fight in North Africa in the 5th and 6th centuries before being overwhelmed, and that there were priests on the walls of Constantinople on that terrible day May 29, 1453 — but Archbishop Rowan Williams seems to be welcoming in the end of the Church and the Enlightenment all at once in a sort of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them.’
Hanson recalls the Fall of Constantinople. It is worth remembering that even as Mehmet’s army was entering the city, many citizens took refuge in the greatest church in Christendom (at that time) the Hagia Sofia. Priests administered the sacraments up to the moment the soldiers entered the church, then they were slaughtered. The people in the church were divided up according to what price they would bring in the slave markets. The elderly and infants to young to work were slain on the spot.
One would like to think Sharia law has matured to something less draconian and bloodthirsty than its 15th century ancestor. We need only look to Saudi Arabia and Iran to see that is not the case.
Friends, unless something dramatic changes the course of culture and population in Europe and the UK, we will live to see the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, and possibly St. Paul’s in London, suffer the same fate as the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul.