"WE shall rightly reserve our own country for our own people. We shall free Britain from Jewish control, stop Coloured immigration and gradually deport all Jews and Coloured people already resident here."
This paragraph I have taken from a recent issue of The National Socialist, official magazine of Colin Jordan's National Socialist Movement. Lord Soper, the Methodist minister, gave a warning against this movement during last week's debate on the new Race Bill in the House of Lords.
He admits that he does not know how much of a threat this new movement is, "but I don't take the view that 'it couldn't happen here'. Perhaps it is not likely to explode, but violence is like a forest fire; once it starts there's no stopping it. I doubt if the National Socialist Movement has any practical power at the moment, though we mustn't live in a fool's paradise. If, for example, there was a severe economic crisis, there might be a very big white backlash led by some such organisation."
This, Lord Soper points out, is what is happening in America at the moment. "Very few people had any clear knowledge of the extent of this white backlash until it actually happened."
Members of the National Socialist Movement are unashamedly disciples of the Hitler ideology, and "contemptuous of the Christian Faith", according to Lord Soper. Their propaganda is as crude as anything the German Nazis put out in the 1930s. Membership depends on the applicant being "of European race, free from Jewish blood".
Their position on Rhodesia is predictable; "In a world grown accustomed to seeing the White makers of civilisation capitulate to Coloured subhumanity, the stand now being made by the White people of Rhodesia has come as an infuriating shock to the upholders of this practice and a powerful encouragement to its opponents." Coloured people are referred to as "monkey-men" and as children to be treated "kindly and helpfully". Their only claim to Rhodesia, "is that of aboriginal habitation comparable to that of those other creatures of the jungle, the tiger and the baboon".
The movement's policy statement includes these aims: "Wholesale food from fertile British soil, to feed, as far as possible, a healthy British nation; Retention of nuclear weapons. Adequate armed forces. National Service for all; A White Commonwealth rid of the Afro-Asian states, detached from U.N.O., united and co-ordinated." Hitler's book Mein Karnpf is the catechism of the movement.
Rut racial trouble, Lord Soper thinks, may not come only from the National Socialist Movement. "The coloured people are often equally guilty of contempt, and the problem is that there is a kind of masochistic acceptance of this by the white people." This, he finds, is true of many of the speakers at Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park where Lord Soper has been a platform personality for over 40 years.
He thinks that the terms of the new Race Relations Board, to which offences against the new Bill will be referred, are too narrow, "but let's give it a chance," he says. "You can't make people good by Act of Parliament, anyway; you can only make it more difficult for them to be had. Race relations are a matter of education, housing and a planned society.
"Look how we are continually exporting hundreds of doctors to America where there are more doctors to the acre than in any other part of the world. To replace these we are importing hundreds from India and Pakistan; countries where doctors are extremely scarce.
"This is the kind of idiocy which lies behind the whole problem of immigration. It can only be solved in a radically altered world society."
A new editor
-FR. MICHAEL RICHARDS is to be the fourth Editor of Clergy Review. He succeeds Fr. Charles Davis who in turn succeeded Mgr. George Smith and Canon (later Archbishop) Myers, the editor of the magazine when it was founded in 1931. Fr. Richards is 42, and has been a priest for six years. He studied at the Institute Catholique in Paris and except for a year in Rome he has been at St. Edmund's College.
His special interest is ecumenism—his first published article on the subject appeared in the CATHOLIC HERALD in 1952—and he has contributed a frequent column to the Clergy Review for some time. As yet he has not had a chance to think out a policy for the magazine but he says "the clergy are not a caste apart. They are part of the body of the Church, and of mankind."
in spite of what has happened Fr. Richards has a particularly difficult man to follow; Fr. Davis was an outstanding editor of Clergy Review. He changed it from the clerical equivalent of the Solicitors' Journal into a controversial, lively and modern publication. During his editorship circulation nearly doubled and now stands at the five and a half thousand mark.
But Fr. Richards is well qualified. He has a degree in modern languages, a Licentiate in Theology, and a B. Litt. for his studies in 17th century free-thinking.
Witches at the B.B.C.
SUDDENLY it was spring, so to speak, and Aunty B.B.C., light-headed after her long winter sleep started to bombard us with news of her forthcoming religious programmes. By every post the information flooded in until we had enough press releases to paper the walls of the whole building.
Unaccustomed to this concern for our well-being I stalked the corridors of power at Broadcasting House this week to track down the source of this sudden burst of energy. That is how I met Rowanne Pasco, the new 28-year-old publicity girl for B.B.C. television and radio religious programmes.
She's only recently back from two years in Hollywood where she looked after publicity for Paramount films, treated herself to a flat on Sunset Strip "behind the Playboy Club", and, she says, worked with the Legion of Mary.
Her travels look like something out of one of those big-screen Cinemascope efforts: all over Europe, North Africa, Canary Islands, Mexico, Jamaica and the rest, and she is fluent in five languages. Now Rowanne thinks she will settle down. "Besides, once you get into the B.B.C. they never let you get out."
In between gadding around the world and learning languages what did she do for relaxation I asked her. "I paint," she said. What? I asked. "Witches and evil
spirits," she replied. Rowanne also writes and the manuscript of her first book on America is now in the hands of her publisher.
Shc sees in religious broadcasting "a tremendous weapon. You can get at people who normally don't have any contact with Christianity," she says. "But I do think that the programmes must deal much more with human problems, and less with the dogmatic and theological."
The British Humanist Association has been busy sending out cards like the rest of us this month. But, they say, these are not Christmas cards, "we call them Winter Solstice cards." And a happy Winter Solstice to you!
Last week for the Appeal
LAST week coming up! January 6 sees the closing date of the £2,000 Christmas Appeal. To date we have £1,450 towards the target, a really great achievement, but let's see if we can't make just that little extra effort and raise the remaining £550 this week. AT this time of the year it is customary in news papers to either look back over the past twelve months, or ahead to the next twelve. Just for a change I have been looking at Catholic life thirty years ago via back numbers of the CATHOLIC
And one thing I've !earned; letter-writers in 1937 were exactly the same as they are today, though their problems seem to have been concerned with slightly different issues like this one: "Sir—The fact that the indulgence is not gained when the Litany is sung in triplets does not seem sufficient reason for omitting it." Don't try the short cut boys.
Then—at the risk of being done over by my anonymous Irish friend—there's a real scorcher from "Sacerdos" (he seems to have been around a long time): "Sir—Once again one is shocked by the hopeless incongruity of jazz-dancing in Lent—to the' honour of St. Patrick. A Methodist minister said to me today: thought you people didn't have frivolities in Lent.' I replied that in principle we didn't. If Catholics were definitely forbidden to dance on March 17, the question would be settled." Another priest wrote "I am not Irish, just human."
There are one or two odd headlines too: "Why Erie Gill Cannot Get Away With It." Get away with what? Well, it seems that our Eric was out-slanting
the Slant group even in those days. There's a truthful ring about his ideas though: "In my opinion," he writes, "there is more real godlessness in the practice of capitalism than in all the vaunted theory of Communism."
Other issues were concerned with "Was Lenin a Jew?", "A Hymn to Blessed Oliver Plunkett", and a very curious headline on the front page of one issue "Is It a Mortal Sin to Vote Liberal?"
Of course, the musicians were having their usual ding-dong. One chap wanted brass bands to accompany plain chant. He got appropriate treatment. But I really like this little jingle: The Church Militant is the priest and his ministers.
The Church Suffering is the congregation.
The Church Triumphant is the choir.
And—sign of the times—the adverts were for Whist cards, not Bingo cards. The Catholic Truth Society had a nice slogan: "Ring out the False! Ring in the True! Join the C.T.S." Home Topics advertised regularly, claiming to contain "Short Stories at their Best and Safest." You could buy one hundred sprays of "The Chosen Leaf of the Bard and Chief, Old Erin's dear Little Shamrock" for a shilling. If you had a good turn of phrase you could "Earn money writing tiny sentiments."
The item that really intrigues me, however, is a letter urging the CT.S. "in the cause of Catholic Action" to place its printing with Catholic firms. Catholic hens lay better Catholic eggs, no doubt. The signatory of this letter is one Graham Greene.
I understand the old priests at Kiln Green had a really fine Christmas with their new telly and the "special" dinner given to them by CATHOLIC HERALD readers. Perhaps on Christmas Eve they saw 30 children from the Salford Protection Society appearing with Bob Monkhouse in a show called Christmas Mad Movies. Bob entertained the children to tea and then showed them some masterpieces from his collection of "Mad Movies".
It all ended with a new twist on an old slapstick theme: Bob Monkhouse was thrown into the biggest custard pie of all time. The Protection Society, of course, will benefit from our Appeal; they need a. social worker.
So will the 48 old people at Holy Cross Priory in Sussex who need a gardener to look after their over-1 grown grounds. And last but not least, the 12 old people in Oxford for whom we hope to provide an extra room so that relatives can visit them.
You are probably sick and tired of my constant harping on this money business. But, please, if you haven't yet sent something, do so now. How much you send doesn't matter; I have received from 6d. to many pounds and every little bit helps. Send what you can afford for these less fortunate people to me, Kevin Mayhew, Catholic Herald, 67 Fleet Street, London, E.C.4.
News from California: 1 hear that the formidable Legion of Decency and the Daughters of the American Revolution have set up a new service giving advice on current television programmes. Prospective viewers can telephone to find out if the programme is "Acceptable for all ages", "Morally objectionable" or "Disgusting and unfit for any Christian soul". According to reports the last two categories boost viewing figures no end.
MAY I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year. Unlike Mr. Norman St. JohnStevas I am not wont to predict for the coming year, but on this occasion I will allow myself to deviate. My one and only prediction for 1967 is that someone, somewhere, will escape from prison.