All around the Western world freedom is under threat. It is often at the hand of radical minority groups that these threats are coming. Militant Muslims, radical feminists, or activist homosexuals are some of the groups whittling away our freedoms. Sadly very few Westerners are standing up to these assaults.

Increasingly what once made the West great is being undermined. Faith, family and life are three such values all subject to ferocious attack. The trouble is many do not see the urgency of the hour, or the need to take a stand. Many do not know that we are heading towards the precipice as a culture.

The problem is these attacks come along bit by bit, and the cumulative effect is not always felt or understood. But as Thomas Sowell noted, “Dangers to a society may be mortal without being immediate”. Deadly viruses working their way through the system may be largely undetectable, but the bitter end will still be there.

Let me give a very ordinary and practical example. At my very rare trip to the dentist yesterday I was told that had I acted earlier, I could have saved a tooth. But by putting things off and ignoring the warning signals, it may now be too late. Because I did not see the warning signs and act sooner, I will now have to pay the price.

Societies are like that as well. We ignore the signs of decay all around us, and then all of a sudden discover that things are too late. We have far too few watchmen, and those we do have are mainly ignored or scoffed at. We all pay the price in the end for such indifference and neglect.

One watchman who has been speaking out loud and clear – and paying a price for it – is Dutch politician Geert Wilders. As many of you would know, he has been on trial in the Netherlands for warning about the Islamist assault on Holland and Europe. For speaking out he now has to pay the price.

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