Caught between God and Mammon By Dan Hind

28 October 2011 — The Return of the Public

A noted Conservative politician and author, Boris Johnson, yesterday invoked demonic powers in a blasphemous outburst against the people camping outside St Paul’s Cathedral. In what can only be described as a Satanic parody of the ritual of exorcism Johnson cried, ‘In the name of God and Mammon, go’.

Mammon, as all sincere Christians know, is a perverted angel, described by the poet John Milton as ‘the least erected spirit that fell from Heaven’:

… for even in Heaven his looks and thoughts
Were always downward bent, admiring more
The riches of Heaven’s pavement, trodden gold,
Then aught divine or holy else enjoyed
In vision beatific …

To yoke the name of Mammon to the name of God is, for Christians, an unforgivable outrage in itself. But there’s more. The artfully disheveled abomination went on to liken the tents at St Pauls and Finsbury Square to ‘boils’ in another disgusting burlesque of Biblical language. I am all in favour of robust debate yet here we have a self-confessed devotee of Mammon and casual blasphemer likening peaceful protesters to pus. Pus is gold, too. Surely not a coincidence. The man is obsessed. Possessed, even.

Yet the authorities at St Paul’s have so far remained silent.

Are they the terrified captives of a Satanic cabal in the heart of our great city, that operates in plain sight? Has it come to this, that a servant of Mammon can spout his monstrous devotions to a false god in the pages of our newspapers without a word of complaint from the ministers of Christ? Surely not.

Why, oh, why, won’t the Church condemn the open invocation of demonic power? And why won’t God-fearing Conservatives raise their voices in support of Judaeo-Christian values, against the rising tide of idolatry, cheap rhetoric and thuggishness in its own ranks?

If they aren’t careful, they’ll start looking a bit, well, hypocritical.

This post is dedicated to Dan Hodges.

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