British Midland is an airline second only to British Airways in size. It has just ordered its air crews not to take the New Testament with them on flights to Saudi Arabia, “so that they don’t enrage the Muslims.” According to the company, the British Foreign Office made this recommendation. This is only too probable. It displays the pre-emptive cringe so typical of the Foreign Office, coupled with stereotyping Muslims as irredeemable anti-Christian bigots. But if really Muslims are nothing but anti-Christian bigots, enraged by someone with a New Testament, why ever should they be placated ? On the contrary, their bigotry must be exposed and confronted. A move like this otherwise takes its fateful place in the lengthening series of cultural suicide bombings in which we ourselves are the bombers.