O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin (i.e. because of sin - LT), throughout all thy borders.
And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah's themes - the loss of homeland, the unrecognisable country inhabited by those barren ones 'like the heath in the desert' who depart from the Lord - contrasted with the fruitful ones who fear God - fitted in nicely with this BBC story.
Heavy Christmas drinking and partying, leading to unprotected sex, could be to blame for a record number of abortions last month, says a UK charity.
A total of 5,992 abortions were carried out at Marie Stopes International's nine UK clinics in January - a rise of 13% on the 5,304 in January 2005.
This is more in a month than at any time in the charity's 32-year history.
Liz Davies, MSI director of UK operations, said: "Despite our efforts we have still seen the biggest rise ever in abortion figures in the month after Christmas.
"We may be seeing the consequences of the festive season, when partying excess and alcohol consumption combine to increase libido and lower inhibition, with the inevitable consequences of unprotected sex resulting in unplanned pregnancies."
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), also saw a higher than usual number of women for abortion treatment this January.
I'll pass on a culture that doesn't bat an eyelid at celebrating Jesus' birthday by getting smashed, barebacking with a one-night partner then 'terminating' the resultant infant. But even looked at purely from a material point of view, those who worry about the replacement of the native Brits by fecund incomers should perhaps regret the six or seven million little Brits that have been scraped out of their mother's wombs since 1967.
Some cultures, of course, use the services of Marie Stopes, BPAS and the sex-education/contraception/sexually transmitted disease treatment complex much less than others. It's generally seen as a Bad Thing when the users of any service are hideously white. I wonder why MSI and BPAS aren't "reaching out" to make their services more available to the Muslim community ?
Probably for the same reason that they're not very good customers of the clap clinics either.
He also points out the role of cultural norms regarding issues such as multiple partners and the age of losing one's virginity, with the substantially older age of first intercourse and lower number of partners among Indians and Pakistanis coinciding with low STI rates.
When men were asked about whether they had ever been diagnosed with a STI, 10.9 per cent of whites, 19.7 cent of black Caribbeans and 16.2 per cent of black Africans said they had. The figures for Indian and Pakistani males were 3.4 and 3.2 per cent.
Despite claiming to have had fewer partners, black women report more STIs, with 22.7 per cent of those of Caribbean descent and 14.1 per cent of those of African descent admitting to at least one. The proportions among whites, Indians and Pakistanis are 12.4, 7.8 and 3.6 per cent respectively.
Strange. Where are the 'inevitable consequences' for Indians and Pakistanis ?
In the end, the Great British Cultural Disaster is down to the decline of Christianity in the UK. We had mass unemployment in the 1920s and 30s, but without the social collapse that we saw in the 80s. One has to take away the moral as well as the material underpinnings before the building falls down.
I don't think secularists are capable of reversing this. Secular liberalism have produced a class (I'm one of them - I never said I was a good Christian) for whom life is the most precious possession of all. Nothing outside that, nothing above that - except maybe our children (bar those 6-7 million of course). We've seen in the cartoon and van Gogh incidents how the fear of death shuts up the trangressive, boundary-pushing types who inhabit BBC arts programmes, or causes a carriageful of nice people to sit frozen while someone's battered in front of them. We've seen it in Northern Ireland, where a constitutional settlement designed to "put human rights at the centre" of the Criminal Justice system can do little about someone having their throat cut in front of seventy-odd blind and deaf people in a Belfast bar.
The implications ? Christians are going to have to get used to the inside of prisons, to start with - as their distant forebears did. Otherwise ? As I keep saying, Nature abhors a spiritual vacuum. There are plenty of God-fearing people about who 'neither shall cease from yielding fruit'.