Queen 1980s

News has emerged today (under the thirty year rule) of a speech prepared by the government for the Queen in 1983 for broadcast in the event of a war with the Soviet Union. It is notable the emphasis it places on the family as the essential unit of society. Thirty years later as the UK removes recognition from the family it is clear that the state-worshipping evil of which HMQ didn’t quite speak now reigns triumphant in her own land. “It is this close bond of family life that must be our greatest defence against the unknown. If families remain united and resolute, giving shelter to those living alone and unprotected, our country’s will to survive cannot be broken. My message to you therefore is simple. Help those who cannot help themselves, give comfort to the lonely and the homeless and let your family become the focus of hope and life to those who need it. As we strive together to fight off the new evil let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be.” Amen.

The BBC in its article comments that the text was prepared “in the year that US President Ronald Reagan both enraged and alarmed Moscow with his denunciation of the Soviet Union as the ‘evil empire'”. I thought it might be interesting to see what Reagan actually said in that speech. Reagan’s speech was delivered to a group of evangelical pastors and it is extremely assertive in its hostility to what we now call the culture of death and the separation of Church and state (as understood by the twentieth century US Supreme Court). He remarks,

“I want you to know that this administration is motivated by a political philosophy that sees the greatness of America in you, her people, and in your families, churches, neighborhoods, communities–the institutions that foster and nourish values like concern for others and respect for the rule of law under God. Now, I don’t have to tell you that this puts us in opposition to, or at least out of step with, a prevailing attitude of many who have turned to a modern-day secularism, discarding the tried and time-tested values upon which our very civilization is based. No matter how well intentioned, their value system is radically different from that of most Americans. And while they proclaim that they’re freeing us from superstitions of the past, they’ve taken upon themselves the job of superintending us by government rule and regulation. Sometimes their voices are louder than ours, but they are not yet a majority.”

Alas, is that still true? Elsewhere he praises a man he heard give a speech once who said “I would rather see my little girls die now; still believing in God, than have them grow up under communism and one day die no longer believing in God.” It makes you wonder if the catastrophe had occurred and Elizabeth II had delivered that speech would not the world that emerged (if any), though brutal and dark, have left more room for human moral struggle and perfection than the degraded horror of contemporary perverted hedonism. For Marx and Engels the beginning of class war is marriage and the family. For the new atheists and sodomanics the destruction of marriage and the family is the final stage in their war to overthrow the West.

“Yes, let us pray for the salvation of all of those who live in that totalitarian darkness–pray they will discover the joy of knowing God. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of the State, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world.”

It is a Protestant speech and one inspired by the (to say the least) imperfect ideals of 1776. It even ends with a Pelagian indifferentist flourish “One of our founding fathers, Thomas Paine, said, ‘We have it within our power to begin the world over again.’ We can do it, doing together what no one church could do by itself.” But it is also rather moving. If only he knew that there is only one Church and only her Lord can begin the world over again.

“Yes; for grace can, where nature cannot. The world grows old, but the Church is ever young. She can, in any time, at her Lord’s will, ‘inherit the Gentiles, and inhabit the desolate cities.’ ‘Arise, Jerusalem, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see; all these are gathered together, they come to thee; thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall rise up at thy side.'”