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UK anti-terror outfit warns against Tolkien and Shakespeare

Are the plays of Shakespeare and the novels of Tolkien indicators of far-right sentiment? That was the conclusion reached by a British anti-terrorist agency. It comes on the heels of the Church of England suggesting that God should be "gender-neutral".

Published: February 22, 2023, 7:58 am

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    The British counter-terrorism programme Prevent under the “Authority for Research, Information and Communication”, has published a list of books and films that should be seen as warning signs of “extreme right-wing” sentiment, reported the British Daily Mail. The agency reports directly to the British government.

    These are said to include the complete works of Shakespeare, medieval sagas such as Beowulf and Canterbury Tales as well as British authors such as Tolkien, Orwell, Huxley and Burke. The document apparently describes the classics as “key works” of “white nationalists”.

    This assessment is said to be based on “reading lists” on far-right internet platforms. A screenshot of such a reading list can also be found in the report. It shows several of the works mentioned under the heading “important texts” together with a picture of the British fascist Oswald Mosley.

    Historian and publicist Andrew Roberts commented that the listing of these works was “truly astonishing”. Several of the writers listed, such as Huxley, Orwell and Tolkien, had been “anti-totalitarian writers”.

    Church of England goes woke

    Meanwhile, the Bishop of Lichfield, The Right Reverend Michael Ipgrave, announced that a “new joint project on gendered language will begin this spring”.

    This will most probably be the final nail in the coffin of the Church. Its membership and attendance continues to dwindle. In fact, many reports suggest young adult membership is as low as 2 percent in England.

    Former CIA analyst Mike Vlahos recently commented that the state was eager to destroy religion in order to better control populations. This was a particular feature of totalitarian governance, as in the former Soviet Union where religion was banned, he explained.

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