Reality checking with the vicar

David Kernek is a West Country-based freelance writer and photographer. A former political correspondent covering Westminster, he has also edited regional newspapers in Yorkshire, County Durham and Somerset.

I was troubled but perhaps not surprised when I read that a Church of England vicar had welcomed the BBC’s decision to broadcast Muslim prayers on some of its local radio stations. This is an extract from our ensuing correspondence:

Dear Vicar,

I was perplexed, since it is clear to anyone who has read the Koran that unreformed Islam is not compatible with the Judeo-Christian values on which our ways of life in the now largely secular West remain based. Would you be willing to explain the reasons for the support you have given to the BBC in this matter?


David Kernek


Subject: Re: BBC/Muslim prayers …

Dear Mr Kernek,

Respectfully, I disagree with your reading of Islam. The vast majority of British Muslims, including those I number amongst my family and friends, are committed to a multicultural Britain in which different faiths and beliefs are honoured and upheld.  As with the Qu’ran, there are parts of the Bible that we might deem inimical to our shared values in a rational 21st century society; but there is also much wisdom and beauty in both Scriptures. There is an extreme fringe in Islam, as there is in Christianity – and indeed in almost every religion and ideology …but I see no reason for the BBC not to support British Muslims in their faith because of the actions and beliefs of extremists.



Dear Vicar,

Thanks for your reply, which I’ve thought about very carefully.

May I first look at this statement?: ‘The vast majority of British Muslims, including those I number amongst my family and friends, are committed to a multicultural Britain in which different faiths and beliefs are honoured and upheld.’ That might well be the case, but it raises the question of an Islamic minority that has no such commitment. This would include the approximately 20,000 people – as at June, 2019 – identified by UK’s security services as “closed subjects of concern” who have previously been investigated but who it’s believed could pose a threat in the future.

You point out that ‘there is an extreme fringe in Islam, as there is in Christianity – and indeed in almost every religion and ideology’. It might well be that there are here and there bands of extreme Methodists, Roman Catholics, Reform Jews, and Buddhists. As far as know, however, few if any of those have been responsible for anything like the number of Islamic terrorist attacks across the globe since the 1970s to the present day.

In his final book, Groupthink: A Study in Self-Delusion (published March 19, 2020) the late Christopher Booker updates the work published in 1972 by Professor Irving Janis*, who defined Groupthink as a process resulting in a ‘deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment’. Booker notes: ‘ … no religion has remained more consistently prone to it [Groupthink] through the centuries than Islam. And of course, there is no more extreme example in our world today than the rise of Islamic terrorist movements such as Isis or al-Qaeda, which are possessed by a form of groupthink so extreme that it turns those carried away by it into merciless killers …”

Finally: ‘… parts of the Bible that we might deem inimical to our shared values in a rational 21st century society; but there is also much wisdom and beauty in both Scripture’? This is true, as far as it goes which is not very far. Is there much of consequence in either the Old or New Testaments that can be said to have an equivalence with this?:

Q9:29 – ‘Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.’

The key difficulty is that the majority of peaceful and law-abiding Muslims have been and remain unwilling to acknowledge and repudiate the theological authorizations for intolerance and violence in their religious texts. Islam, unlike Christianity and Judaism, consequently remains unreformed. The inability or unwillingness of Western institutions to accept this fact indicates their failure to test reality.

* Irving Janis (1918 – 1990) research psychologist, Yale University & Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley.


David Kernek

Answer came there none …

Conspiracy Theorists Go Where Mainstream Media Fear To Tread

Niall McCrae is a regular writer on social and political affairs for Salisbury Review, Politicalite, Gateway Pundit and Bruges Group websites. He is the author of three books: The Moon and Madness (2011), Echoes from the Corridors (with Peter Nolan, 2016) and the forthcoming Moralitis: a Cultural Virus (with Robert Oulds, 2020).

Lockdown, arguably, has contributed to mortality from the coronavirus pandemic rather than reduced it, by sending young people back to family homes from suspended study or work, and by extended families in poorer ethnic communities infecting each other in overcrowded flats. Similarly, the attempt by politicians, social media companies and broadcasters to silence conspiracy theories is counterproductive. The more authoritarian and secretive the state, the more speculation about ulterior motives or hidden agendas.

Conspiracy theorists weave strands of disparate detail together to make a patchwork. But use of the philosophical tool of Occam’s razor, whereby only the most straightforward explanation is accepted, could rip this apart. Outlandish beliefs about JFK, Princess Diana or the Twin Towers are not necessarily wrong, but the burden of proof is with the speculators.

The notion of the New World Order may be deconstructed, but many of its fragments are entirely factual. One can disregard the message of David Icke but be impressed by his encyclopaedic knowledge. The facts remain, however far-fetched the theory. So too with Covid-19. Here are key pieces of information, scarcely reported in mainstream media, from which a jigsaw may be made: –

  • ‘Wet markets’, where bats and other live animals are sold for human consumption, exist throughout the Far East. Was it mere coincidence that the virus started in Wuhan, a city with a research institute heavily involved in viral research on bats?
  • Shi Zhengli, a prominent researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (known as ‘Bat Woman’) has co-authored several papers on coronaviruses created in the laboratory. These synthetic viruses demonstrate bat-to-human transmission, sometimes with monkeys as a conduit.
  • In nature, zoonotic transmission occurs unpredictably (e.g. SARS in 2003): was the purpose of the research in Wuhan to control this process?
  • Leading virologists have expressed concern about this research: Simon Wain-Hobson of the Pasteur Institute in Paris warned: ‘If the virus escaped, nobody could predict the trajectory’. The US National Institute of Health collaborated with Wuhan Institute of Virology, but withdrew in 2014 due to safety concerns.
  • The source of Covid-19 was reported as a horseshoe bat, presumably through human contact at the Huanan seafood market. Yet no bats are sold at this wet market, according to a scientific paper by South China University of Technology researchers (now removed).
  • Wuhan Institute of Virology gets its supply of horseshoe bats from caves 900 miles away in Yunnan province.
  • Covid-19 is highly similar to a bat coronavirus previously discovered by the Nanjing Military Research Institute. Molecular biologist Judy A Mikowitz doubts whether Covid-19 was transmitted directly from bats: ‘I certainly believe that the 100% amino acid similarity says it can’t possibly be a natural mutation. It almost certainly is a recombination event that was laboratory driven’.
  • ‘Patient Zero’ could be research graduate Huang Yanking, whose papers were mysteriously removed from Wuhan Institute’ of Virology website.
  • The Huanan marketplace was closed on 1st January and disinfected. But a study in the Lancet showed that of 41 early cases, 17 had no history of exposure to this market.    
  • China initially tried to cover up the virus, detaining a doctor who raised the alert, threatening whistleblowers, and denying human-to-human transmission for weeks after this was apparent.
  • Wuhan was locked down on 23rd January, with road, rail and river links closed, yet the airport remained open for international flights.
  • WHO failed to declare a public health emergency until 30th January, when the disease had already spread to other countries. Tedros, its chief, met President Xi on 29th January and delivered a sycophantic speech on his handling of the outbreak. For many years China has been gaining power over United Nations agencies.
  • With Chinese support, WHO advised that borders should remain open, with no restriction on flights (although when the outbreak declined in China, all flights from overseas were stopped).
  • China exploited Western liberal sensitivities about racism, deflecting attention away from its culpability for the pandemic. It sponsored the ‘Hug a Chinese’ stunts in Italy, the initial epicentre of the virus in Europe.
  • Flights continued to British airports from Covid-19 hotspots throughout the outbreak, even after a curfew imposed on citizens, who were told ‘Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives’. Why did this not apply to potential virus spreaders from abroad?
  • Few deaths occurred in other parts of China, despite cases having been reported in most regions. Why did the disease not spread there, as it did in Europe and USA?
  • Lockdown was enforced by most countries, informed by the Wuhan response, but without evidence that it was necessary or that it saves lives. With Chinese businesses back up and running, the West faces economic carnage.

China could bolster its power following Covid-19. Huawei could profit from lowering of opposition to its controversial 5G technology, which Western governments insisted was vital for emergency services. Chinese manufacturers of surveillance systems (including Hikvision) will do well. We should also consider the globalist elite who could benefit from the pandemic, such as Bill Gates with his vaccination crusade, and all who are working towards a cashless society (thus enabling global control of citizens).

Will we be locked down forever? 

The School Gate Campaign


The School Gate Campaign has been informing people about the issues to do with the new Relationships and Sex Education teaching (RSE) that will be mandatory for all schools in England from September this year.

Our leaflets and website provide an introduction to some of the potential issues with this curriculum, together with information about parental rights and organisations that parents, carers and other concerned individuals can contact to get help and support regarding RSE.


In light of changes to do with the Coronavirus, public leafletting for the School Gate Campaign is suspended for the time being. Instead, the campaign has moved online to provide more information to parents about their legal rights and other issues regarding RSE. This way we will be even better prepared when schools resume.


You may be aware of the protests outside school that occurred last year in Birmingham. These were about the controversial primary school programme No Outsiders that has already been delivered in many schools.

Here is a video analysis of some of the lesson plans in the programme.

Please pass this video link on to anyone you know who is concerned about this subject. *

A more comprehensive coverage of parental rights is planned for the future, but please note parents have a right to receive education for their children that is in accordance with their own philosophical and religious convictions (Human Rights Act 1998).

Please let others know about what we are doing. If you have any comments or queries, please contact us at

Thank you for your support.

Susan Mason

School Gate Campaign

* No Outsiders is marketed as an Equalities Act programme (none of which is required to be taught in schools). The Equalities Act, written to address discrimination in the workplace, has nine protected characteristics. One analysis of the No Outsiders programme observed that it focussed effectively zero % on age, zero % on pregnancy, zero % on race and zero % on religion. No discrimination there, then.

Catherine Blaiklock: Wild Animals Are Enjoying COVID-19

Wild animals are enjoying Covid. In Nara, Japan, deer are wandering around ‘lock-down’ subways stations. In Panama, raccoons are frolicking on deserted beaches and closer to home, a little train of mountain goats was spotted wandering past a solicitors office in Llandudno High Street. Less people and nature returns quickly and with a vengeance.

There is another advantage to Covid – borders are closed and immigration has stopped for the first time in two decades. There are the odd few dinghies arriving on our shores but 73 people do not compare with the thousands who normally arrive illegally in Britain each month in boats, lorries and planes.  Additionally, another thirty to forty thousand will not have arrived through legal means.  In a single month, four new towns will not be needed and thousands of acres of prime farmland will have been saved from the bulldozer and the cement mixer.

Covid has highlighted a lot of things – that planes spread disease and are viral deathtraps, that the constant movement of people enables what could be localised diseases to become deadly pandemics in a matter of weeks and that globalised manufacturing is dangerous to the security of our country.  It has shown how easy it is for an advanced country like Britain to completely run out of such a simple product as paracetamol.  France’s National Pharmaceutical Academy estimates the EU imports 80% of its “active pharmaceutical ingredients,” mostly from China and India.  Reuters reported on 4th March that Europe is ‘panicked’ over India’s pharmaceutical exports ban. So they should be. Forget complex cancer drugs, we could end up in a situation where we cannot even get basic antibiotics and generic painkillers normally sold as international generics for a few pence.

Will British civil servants and politicians wake up after Covid or will they carry on with their petty ‘hate Trump’ and ‘wish Boris dead’ politics? Will David Lammy realise that it is not some sort of white male conspiracy but basic supply chains that put him and his own family at enormous risk?

Will people realise that we will need less people, not more after Covid?  Far from needing to import millions of people, we will have millions of our own people unemployed.  Covid has shown we will need less General Practitioners, not more: virtual surgeries and consultations will become the norm. They are cheaper to run, save time and staff and will be increasingly popular with patients.  John Lewis has service staff working from their own living rooms – maybe they will continue:  less offices means fewer buildings, cleaners and road-clogging journeys. People will realise that they need less services, less goods and that they must save money for the next crisis.

Covid has shown to many what really matters – one’s own family, community and country. The outrage over the European Union planning to send  Euro 20 billion out of a total Covid relief fund of Euro 37 billion to Africa and the Middle East rather than helping stricken Italy is rightly palpable.  The European Union does not have a clue and deserves to die as does the corrupt World Health Organisation, run by an Ethiopian who is the first head not to have a medical background and appears to be in China’s pocket.

Let’s also hope that people will understand that we do not need to import hundreds of thousands of people in a time of crisis and we must look after our own first. The old adage, ‘charity begins at home’ has never been more true.

This Blog Is For YOU

It’s unforeseen and extraordinary. Since the successful launch of Hearts of Oak just a month ago, life for everyone has suddenly changed beyond recognition. Covid-19 has given the government reason – or excuse – to bring in draconian regulations that control citizens’ lives in a way never seen before in our lifetimes.

In particular the lockdown has dramatically impacted an essential democratic liberty, the freedom of association and right to meet together. This has been only partially offset by the equally dramatic rise in social networking, online get-togethers and conference-calling.

So far, however, Covid has not itself adversely impacted another democratic liberty, our right to freedom of speech.

But this, of course, was already under massive attack as the politically-correct left-liberal and woke mental illness at the centre of our public life and culture – step forward especially the taxpayer-funded state-broadcaster, the BBC – contaminated, infected and diseased wider society.

Who can doubt, for instance, that the political correctness of local authorities and police was a direct contributor to the most horrendous social crime for 200 years, the industrial-scale rape of tens of thousands of under-age white girls by predominantly Pakistani Muslim grooming gangs?

Hearts of Oak was set up to defend and promote freedom of speech in the face of this attack, and our mission is just as essential now during the coronavirus crisis and crackdown as before.

We want to say the unsayable, mention the unmentionable and force discussion about the forbidden and politically-incorrect issues that are important to normal real people outside the privileged protected circles of the elite.

We made a good start at the launch when Tommy Robinson condemned LGBT propaganda and gender confusion amongst under-age children in primary schools, and Catherine Blaiklock tackled the cultural destruction caused by open-doors mass immigration.

This blog is a platform for Hearts of Oak supporters to pour out their own hearts on these matters in a public forum. If you have some issue burning inside you or a subject over which you feel silenced, write it down in 600 words or less and email it to:

Just one word of warning: Hearts of Oak is patriotic, populist and anti-establishment but it is never racist. Ethno-nationalists, Anti-Semites and Muslimophobes will find their articles thrown in the bin.