The Kilpeck Recipe
Conquest for beginners, lesson 1.
Show them who’s boss.
First, win. Deface their idols,
knock their buildings down.
Crusaders, Cromwell’s Puritans.
Watch the short video that shows
the Buddhas of Bamiyan crumble
into dust. Taliban, plus dynamite.
See, inset, pastor based in Florida
who torches Qu’rans to demonstrate
the love of God. Headlines and hate.
The second stage (advanced).
First, look at what they’ve got, then
see how you can benefit from that.
Task: study how the Incas
win the battles, then absorb
the old faith into theirs.
It’s all together now, win-win.
Watch how the Moors in Spain
invite believers of all faiths
to pool the talent, share the wealth.
It gives a nice warm glow
and, better still, it lasts.
Pope Gregory, no fool,
settles for option two.
His Christians build on pagan sites.
Let worshippers go where they went
before – oops, here’s a church.
An indoor altar, with a magic ring
of corbels underneath its roof
that spans creation: men and beasts,
contortions, comedy and sex.
No po-faced uniformity
but bubbling, rich ingredients
in a soup that’s free for all.