The Imam of Canterbury *UPDATED*

The most famous Archbishop of Canterbury was the martyred Thomas a Becket, a man who was ostensibly the victim of a political assassination, yet who essentially died for his faith. He’d been a hard living young man but, when his best friend Henry II invested him as Archbishop of Canterbury, the most important seat in the British religious heirarchy, he went through a profound change and began to take his religion seriously — so seriously that he took political stands antithetical to Henry’s interests, something that came as a great surprise to the latter, who had assumed that Becket’s would be “his man” in the Bishopric. Eventually, Becket’s attempts to defend the church’s integrity against Henry’s political desires irked the latter so much that he exclaimed “Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?” A handful of his loyalists, rather than viewing this as a purely rhetorical question, took it literally, and cut down Becket within the hallowed walls of his own church.

Thinking about Becket, I rather wonder what he would have made of the current occupier of his Bishopric, which is still the most important position in the Church of England:

The Archbishop of Canterbury says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable”.

Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4’s World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.

Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.

For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court.

He says Muslims should not have to choose between “the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty”.

An approach to law which simply said – there’s one law for everybody – I think that’s a bit of a danger
Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

In an exclusive interview with BBC correspondent Christopher Landau, ahead of a lecture to lawyers in London later on Monday, Dr Williams argues this relies on Sharia law being better understood. At the moment, he says “sensational reporting of opinion polls” clouds the issue.

I can’t figure out if Williams is naive, stupid or a genuine Fifth Column within the C of E. Aside from the peculiarity of a church leader arguing for the hegemony of another religion, his ignorance is scary. He doesn’t seem to understand that sharia is a package deal. Just today, I read a little bit about that package:

Two sisters – identified only as Zohreh and Azar – have been convicted of adultery in Iran.

They have now been sentenced to be stoned to death.

Adultery is a crime punishable by death in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in accordance with the canons of Islamic Sharia law. The Iranian Supreme Court has upheld the stoning sentence.

Zohreh and Azar have already received 99 lashes for “illegal relations.” Yet they were tried again for the same crime, and convicted of adultery on the evidence of videotape that showed them in the presence of other men while their husbands were absent. The video does not show either of them engaging in any sexual activity at all.

Their crime is non-existent, their trials a miscarriage of justice, and their sentencing a barbarity.

All those who believe in human rights and human dignity should protest against this sentence.

Proponents of sharia law in the West like to point out that it’s just a little thing that helps neighbors mediate fights, or husband and wife avoid (or, if need be, embrace) divorce. They willfully ignore the fact that sharia law is the single most misogynistic law in the world and, perhaps, in history. They — the same people who quiver at the mention of waterboarding — also turn a blind eye to sharia’s demands for whipping, dis-limbing, hanging and beheading. If we in the West let this camel’s innocuous little nose into the tent, if we just look to it just as a mediator of little neighbor disputes, I can assure you that very quickly that whole camel, beheading and all, will have nosed its way into the center of the Western criminal and judicial system, with horrific effects on all, especially women.

Hat tip: JL

UPDATE: Hot Air also caught and commented on this story.

UPDATE II: Another glimpse at the sharia law Williams finds so innocuous.

UPDATE III: Considering Britain’s problem with alcoholism, this little riff on sharia attitudes towards drinking alcohol (a 22 year old being hanged for drinking alcohol four times), might actually be a good thing. (And yes, that was sarcasm.)

UPDATE IV:  The information in Danny Lemieux’s comment deserves to be up here, in the post:

Here is a perspective that will never appear in the Western MSM:

There are Anglicans all over the Third World /Developing World pitted in a life struggle against Islam, from the Middle East (Sudan, Palestine, Iraq) to Africa to Southern Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan). Look anywhere along the burning crescent where Islam collides with kuffar infidels, you will find Anglicans struggling to protect their faith.

The largest Anglican community (by far) is in Nigeria, where Anglicans and other Christians have been struggling against an ongoing and vicious  jihad by northern Muslims, one that often breaks out into random massacres of Christian villages and a vicious imposition of Sharia in Muslim-controlled areas.

An aide to the Nigerian bishop Akinola once told me that the greatest damage the U.S. church did by appointing an openly homosexual bishop (the current bishop in New Hampshire) was to undercut the moral authority of Christians struggling against Islam in his country. It gave Muslim radicals a powerful propaganda tool with which to expand their influence.

I can’t think of an act more damaging to these Anglican Christians , in fact…ALL Christians, than to have the Archbishop of Canterbury, titular head of what is primarily a Third World Church,  give notice of his surrender to Sharia…other than, perhaps, his own conversion to Islam. What this twit did was not only horrendously stupid but enormously costly to those of Christian faith struggling in the trenches to protect all for which it stands. He will have blood on his hands for this.

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15 Responses

  1. I found this quote amazing, “An approach to law which simply said – there’s one law for everybody – I think that’s a bit of a danger.”

    I guess he is thinking the Magna Carta and everything after was one big mistake. I can’t quite get my head around the idea that one would chuck everything of one’s own heritage out the window.

  2. Rowan Williams is just another over-educated boob. The Church of England ought to demand the Crown oust this idiot before he destroys the church. But it won’t happen.

  3. Tommy Becket – he was real? I thought he was a myth…

    Rowan Williams is the perfect storm: he is both naive and stupid, so far as I can tell.

  4. “I can’t figure out if Williams is naive, stupid or a genuine Fifth Column within the C of E.”

    “All of the above”, actually.

    As an Episcopalian (i.e., American Anglican), I recognize that our Druid in Chief is merely a political hack appointee of Roman Catholic Tony Blair, but most people don’t know that. Most confuse him with being a religious authority rather than a political functionary (in this we differ from Roman Catholics). He is not so much the archbishop of a church as the archetype of a twit.

    However, we Episcopalians are used to being routinely embarrassed in the public media by the going-ons of our so-called Episcopal leaders. It is part of our cross to bear in this life, methinks. Thank God we have the African Churches (to which the large majority of Anglicans belong) to keep us honest.

  5. A nation is defined by its set of laws. Islam knows this; the West used to know this. Islam knows that if it can get Sharia law placed above the Common Law (remember that phrase?) they have won a battle in their war against the West.

    This is not a 5th column. This is a starving, shivering fox being let into the hen house. And if you ask him why he attacked his benefactors he will answer “because I’m a fox.”

  6. If you listen to the liberal-left idiots that infect the hierarchies of most mainstream Protestant religions it’s enough to make you a Catholic or a pagan or an atheist. I’m of the opinion eventually the Europeans will wake up to the imperialistic, chauvinistic nature of Islam. Remember Europeans in the past were no slouches at internecine violence. Resurgence is possible. Picture Rowan Williams’ head on a pike outside a shrine dedicated to Oriana Fallaci.

  7. Agreed, Danny. We Methodists are frequently embarrassed by our hierarchy as well, and we don’t have the African churches to compensate.

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  9. What Danny Lemieux said. The A of C is a laughingstock, and the US Presiding Bishop is a bully and a thug. My beloved Episcopal church has been thoroughly infiltrated by Gramsci’s long march through the culture. A real feather in the devil’s cap.

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  11. Perhaps you can see now why the Anglican Communion is about to implode.

  12. The Archbishop of York is a product of the African branch of the Anglican Communion, and he has often called for the strengthening of the English culture against the corrosive growth of Islam. Funny, few reports are seen in the media.
    The Episcopal Church prides itself on avoiding confrontation and being inclusive. Hence the unease with strongly held beliefs and the reluctance to make uncompromising decisions, even in the face of necessity. But, we can see necessity, and we will act.
    I am rusty on my English history, but I believe one of the English Kings got himself crowned by the Archbishop of York when Canterbury would not. Maybe the Anglican Communion should make him the titular head of the Church.
    Al

  13. I would agree with you, Al, except that the overwhelming majority of Anglican “leaders” in the West probably agree with The Druid in Chief’s appeasement policies. Unfortunately, though a clear minority, that is where the political power in the Church resides – which is a highly racist situation, by the way, given that the large, large majority of Anglicans are non-Western people of color.

    Here is a perspective that will never appear in the Western MSM:

    There are Anglicans all over the Third World /Developing World pitted in a life struggle against Islam, from the Middle East (Sudan, Palestine, Iraq) to Africa to Southern Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan). Look anywhere along the burning crescent where Islam collides with kuffar infidels, you will find Anglicans struggling to protect their faith.

    The largest Anglican community (by far) is in Nigeria, where Anglicans and other Christians have been struggling against an ongoing and vicious jihad by northern Muslims, one that often breaks out into random massacres of Christian villages and a vicious imposition of Sharia in Muslim-controlled areas.

    An aide to the Nigerian bishop Akinola once told me that the greatest damage the U.S. church did by appointing an openly homosexual bishop (the current bishop in New Hampshire) was to undercut the moral authority of Christians struggling against Islam in his country. It gave Muslim radicals a powerful propaganda tool with which to expand their influence.

    I can’t think of an act more damaging to these Anglican Christians , in fact…ALL Christians, than to have the Archbishop of Canterbury, titular head of what is primarily a Third World Church, give notice of his surrender to Sharia…other than, perhaps, his own conversion to Islam. What this twit did was not only horrendously stupid but enormously costly to those of Christian faith struggling in the trenches to protect all for which it stands. He will have blood on his hands for this.

  14. Where is C.S. Lewis when we need him? In addition to Narnia, I recommend *That Hideous Strength* . It deals with the “Progressives'” take-over of England.

  15. Ellie,
    That is the third of Lewis’ trilogy dealing with the “progressive” attitude toward religion and society. Out of the Silent Planet, Pelalandra, and That Hideous Strength.
    There is a fair amount of discussion between the African and American branches of the Anglican Communion. I am sure that discussion will include what Danny has described. Things could be changing.
    Al

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