The former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II warned that King Charles III’s multi-religious multi-culturalism threatens to destroy his own home and put an end to the British monarchy.
“I think if this slow movement towards multiculturalism and multireligion continues, we will lose the monarchy because I don’t think it will remain true to itself,” said Gavin Ashenden, who served as Queen’s Chaplain from 2008 to 2017, British broadcaster GB News said on Sunday.
Ashenden made his comments in response to the king’s first royal Christmas message since ascending to the throne after his mother’s death in September.
“The problem is that it’s a bit like watching a beautiful ship slowly sink below the waterline and at some point you want to stop it and make sure it floats,” Ashenden said. “And I don’t think the monarchy can float if it becomes a multicultural, multireligious monarchy.”
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Ashenden paid tribute to King Charles III for doing his first Christmas sermon “extraordinarily well” and said British subjects had nonetheless experienced “a very slow, gradual transformation from a Christian monarchy to a multi-religious monarchy”.
“The problem is that you either defend the faith or you don’t,” he said, referring to the oath taken by the British monarch to defend the Protestant religion.
The British monarch acts, among other things, as the supreme governor of the Church of England.
“There is so much about Christianity that is directly responsible for how we live in our culture,” said Ashenden, who went on to warn that Christians are becoming increasingly marginalized in Britain.
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Ashenden, who quit his job as a chaplain in 2017 after performing Qur’an recitations during an Epiphany service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow, noted that Christianity’s exclusive pretensions are increasingly being pushed aside from the public eye amid a “serious power struggle”.
“So the problem we have right now is that Christianity is under attack,” Ashenden said. “Now the question is, what does a Christian king do about it? Will a Christian king save Christendom? Does he become the Defender of the Faith, which is his proper title? say, ‘No, I’m a… defender of all faiths, which means I don’t have to defend Christianity.’”
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“If you don’t defend Christianity today, we will lose it from this country,” Ashenden added, citing the recent case of a Christian woman who was recently arrested for praying silently outside a Birmingham abortion clinic.
“The problem we face is a serious conflict of values, and there can be no solution by simply saying, ‘You know what? All values are equal, let’s pretend everything is beautiful,'” the former chaplain said. “I don’t think Nice will make it.”
Ashenden, who eventually left the Church of England and became a Roman Catholic, also wrote an op-ed in the Catholic Herald warning that Christianity in the UK was “collapsing under the unrelenting daily onslaught of an increasingly hostile secularism”.
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If King Charles III refuses to stand up for his nation’s historical beliefs, Ashenden prophesies in his article that he will have ‘sown the seeds of the destruction of the House of Windsor’.