Remember my article a couple of weeks ago, asserting that Boris Johnson’s government is not Conservative but Fascist, and providing the reasons?
I referred to a list of 14 characteristics of fascist regimes, as defined by Lawrence W Britt. Johnson’s government conformed to 13 of them.
The only one missing was “religion and government intertwined”.
And now the Tories have met that condition as well.
Why else would Nadhim Zahawi have tweeted this?
— Nadhim Zahawi (@nadhimzahawi) April 2, 2021
Zahawi, originally an Iraqi Kurd, has a Christian background but that cannot excuse him publishing an image that some would describe as blasphemy.
An image containing a Christian symbol, with the Tory logo attached to it, on one of the holiest days in the Christian year, is not only tasteless; it is shocking.
The Conservatives are not Christian in either outlook or behaviour. Jesus Christ often preached against the selfishness of people with Conservative values – perhaps most famously when he said it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Apparently many other Tory MPs have tweeted it too, which suggests that it has come from Conservative Central HQ.
So this image can serve no other purpose than to attempt an intertwining of religion and government, as defined in fascist ideology.
There has been a backlash, of course.
I have part-paraphrased Clare Hepworth’s tweet already. She also said that although she is an atheist, she respects the icons, rituals and symbols of all of them – and described the Tory image as “tasteless and just plain wrong”.
Here are some more:
Nadhim, please consider deletion. Good Friday marks the death of Jesus Christ. Not normally something you would stick a party logo on.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) April 2, 2021
Shown this to Christian husband. Says it is offensive…especially given the persecution of minorities under this Government.
Suggest you remove it.
— 🐟carol hedges (@carolJhedges) April 2, 2021
How dare you brand the cross with a political logo. Shame on you.
— Fr Ian Maher SCP🏴🇪🇺💙🐝#RejoinEU (@IanMaher7) April 2, 2021
Sorry, but, as a Christian on this holiest of days, that is pretty offensive.
— Ben Bradshaw (@BenPBradshaw) April 2, 2021
I am not a Christian but I find this deeply offensive, I wonder what Jesus would have made of food banks, school children going hungry in the holidays and the herd immunity policy that left the most vulnerable to die?
— tessa rodgers (@tessarodgers12) April 2, 2021
As a Christian I am offended by this – don’t put political party logos on a symbol of my faith.
— Daria 🇬🇧🇪🇺💙💜 (@DariaHassQT) April 2, 2021
Go on, tell us how Jesus' life & teaching is reflected in today's Conservative party.
— Unicorn 3.5% 🎪 🏴 🇪🇺 💙 #FBPA #FBPE (@LenoreSimson) April 2, 2021
Well, I guess all of us pesky Christians being distressed by this appropriation of a deeply sacred symbol on the most solemn holy day of the year for us is attention of a kind but honestly, it's is deeply, abhorrently offensive.
Christ transcends politics.
— Kathryn Fleming SCP 💙 🌈 ✝️ (@CoventryCanon) April 2, 2021
I am an atheist but even so, I find this tweet to be deeply offensive. How dare you sully the faith of those that are spending today in quiet reflection, by linking their religion to the most morally corrupt political party of my lifetime? Poor decision making, as usual.
— Tired of Tories 💙 (@hemdow) April 2, 2021
Some Tories have tried to counter by claiming that the image was no worse than when the Labour Party has posted images to Muslims saying “Eid Mubarak”, but it is an argument that does not work. Here’s the reason:
I don't regard this as well-intentioned. It's turning the Cross into a Conservative Party symbol. .
— (((Frances 'Not A Monster' Coppola))) 🌷🌷🌷 (@Frances_Coppola) April 2, 2021
Just so. Labour wasn’t appropriating Muslim symbols when it sent its message to Muslims, but that’s exactly what this message did.
And that means Zahawi and the Tories have crossed the line into full-on fascism. What a time – and what a way – to do it.
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