The columnist Melanie Phillips is on fine bonkers form again today, with an article titled “These awful tattoos show we’re turning pagan”.
In a piece for The Times today, Phillips geniunely claims that
The craze for body art signifies a deep shift in western values away from respect for humanity
This isn’t a joke or a parody, folks, this is a real national tragedy!
Not only that, David Beckham is to blame.
It is no coincidence that the fashion for tattoos and piercings has taken place at the same time as the huge increase in popularity and acceptance of paganism.
The numbers of people identifying as pagan jumped from 42,000 in the 2001 census to 56,000 in 2011. Pagan “priests” are allowed to use wine and wands during ceremonies in jails. A pagan police association has been set up to represent officers who “worship nature and believe in many gods”. A few years ago, Cornwall decided to teach witchcraft and druidry in school religious studies lessons.
As paganism has risen, so Christianity has been declining.
Phillips goes on to say that the route to this decline of Christianity “lies in environmentalism”, with its pagan governing premise.
She ends by saying
But when it comes to the image of himself he [David Beckham] chooses to project, he would appear to have become a pagan god for our desacralised age.
We are not making this up. You can also read the full text here.
Is there anyone as bonkers as Melanie Phillips on a national newspaper?