Let me start off by saying that I can’t think of anything (ok, actually accepting Islam would be possiblly the one thing) that would make me defend the British monarchy, and I suppose by this point I am only letting him win by paying attention, but I find something quite strange about this HItchens piece on Slate.
He goes from critiquing Charles as silly generally to specifically attacking some (what seems to me to be) spiritual perennialist type language used to express concern about the environment to all of a sudden in the last paragraph saying that “where this leads” is to a global caliphate starting from Europe. Is he suggesting that this is Charles’ aim? That he is an unwitting pawn in the hands of European Muslims bent on world domination through expressions of concern about the environment? Am I spending more time trying to understand this piece than he did writing it? (Actually this piece almost seems like a self parody of Hitchens)