Separated at Birth… The Striking Similarities Between Poland’s Pseudo-religious Nationalism and the Fundamentalism of the Islamic State
Poland’s Father Jacek Międlar (pictured), the preacher banned from entering the UK earlier this year because security services deemed him too great a risk on the grounds of his extremist right wing views, will attempt to fly into the country again. Whether he will be allowed past immigration is not yet known. Here, however, are some of the things that are already clear, from his own public utterances…
He believes it is right and proper to take his fight to other countries… “defying hatred [of us] outside the country, we are defending our homeland”.
He believes that, in locations where those who follow his own faith are dwindling in number, there is all the more reason to fight… “It is no argument [to say] that Christianity in Britain is almost buried… all the more so, we must draw Christianity out of these underground places”.
He believes that networking between religious and nationalist extremists to force his favoured resolution is the way forward… “I was once again invited by friends from Britain First, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen” (It’s worth noting here that these two have both been convicted of crimes contravening British race hate laws).
He believes that rallying what he may describe as the “nationalist faithful” in other countries to actions directed against those on the wrong side of his extremist political and pseudo-religious agenda is a legitimate course of action… “If we are left behind by the degenerate governments of our neighbours and we allow our Islamic radicals to rest in their countries, we will be surrounded by fundamentalists”.
In summary, then, Father Międlar is a man who conflates nation, state and faith; who stakes his reputation on the notion that progress can be halted and the “old ways” prevail; who exploits paranoia and terminological inexactitude to encourage the radicalisation of what we may euphemistically term “foreign evangelists”; who seeks pragmatic and inevitably short-lived alliances built on shared hatred; and who seeks not only to do this in his native land – but to impose it on everyone else as well.
So, not an awfully long way from the philosophy of the Islamic State…