Dear Iconoclastic but True Believers:
In this issue on rebirth, we gladly note that Britain’s Malcolm Muggeridge, the satirist we previously cited for his protest against students’ demands for pot and the pill, is moving closer to orthodox Christianity. Muggeridge, who was raised in a family of Fabian Society socialists, has come a long way in his search for the authentic in life. As a young socialist teaching in India, he urged his students to revolt against British rule. Later, after a trip to Russia, he discarded left-wing views and became a foe of Communism.
As a journalist, he has consistently raised his impudent voice against the high and mighty (even the British monarchy and the Anglican church) or anything slightly malodorous. He lampooned the sending of Bonny Prince Charles to a private boarding school. He described Churchill’s writings as “gaseous and overwritten.” He recently began an article, “Next to showing Jesus Christ around the Vatican, I should most like to be conducting officer to William Shakespeare returned to earth for his quatercentenary celebration.”
Last year MM poked fun at the way the social and political pace-setters, like writers of a Western, divide the scene into good guys and bad guys. According to them, observes MM, current good guys include strikers, homosexuals, JFK, Martin Luther King, Senator Fulbright, Bishop Pike, abortions, contraceptives, abstract art, psychiatry, ecumenism, and priests who leave the church and marry. Among bad guys are the Pentagon, Ian Smith, Billy Graham, LBJ, and traditional Christian beliefs. The bad guys, however, appeal to the common people and have a way of outlasting the good guys.
In May, 1966, Muggeridge stated: “I have never wanted a God, or feared a God, ...1
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