In the wake of the vote to leave the European Union, Britain has a new prime minister and a lot of Americans are confused about it.
Bear in mind that the Brexit vote was a referendum, not an election: the parties in power are still in power. And still in favor of remaining in the European Union, regardless of the people’s vote.
It’s as if we Americans had passed a referendum calling upon Congress to restore our freedom of speech and our religious liberties, but left the Obama regime in power. Lots of luck with that!
We last heard from the new prime minister, Theresa May, back in January of last year, when she was Home Secretary. Reacting to terrorist incidents in France, Ms. May proposed some draconian measures that struck us as both absurd and dangerous.
Her swell ideas included: 1) making it unlawful to criticize Islamic sharia law; 2) for good measure, making it unlawful to speak against homosexual pseudo-marriage; and 3) requiring “extremists”–that is, anyone deemed by the government to be just awfully naughty–to get permission from a judge before they published anything anywhere, including on their own blogs or Facebook pages.
Ms. May is–ahem!–a member of the Conservative Party: although what on earth these people propose to conserve, other than institutionalized wickedness, is out there with the sound of one hand clapping. The soft-core Stalinism of Ms. May and her cohorts is not something to be taken lightly.
So Britain has a long way to go before Brexit becomes a done deal, and is in the hands of those who will undo it if they can.
We support and pray for their efforts to regain their freedom.
But it won’t be easy.
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