Friday, February 08, 2008

Anglican assholery

By Michael J.W. Stickings

I tend to agree with Samizdata's Johnathan Pearce: Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, is an ass:

Dr Williams believes that aspects of sharia law -- which aspects he does not explictly say -- should be allowed to form part of the law of this country. He does not explain what tests should be used to decide what bits of sharia law are acceptable and what are not. For example, in some of the most conservative muslim lands, the death penalty is used for offences far less serious than murder, such as adultery. We are not told what the Archbishop thinks about this; or whether he thinks things such as arranged marriage, etc, are acceptable. But he needs to be clear about what he thinks is acceptable, otherwise, all we can assume is that the fellow is mouthing vacuous platitudes, nothing more.

In other words, the religious head of the Church of England (i.e., the Anglican Church -- the British monarch is the nominal head) is advocating illiberalism, a direct assault on the liberal foundations of British law (and hence of the British state, not to mention British society).

No wonder the C of E is going down the toilet.

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