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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Love thy neighbour! And that's an order!!

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, has called for the outlawing, essentially, of heated debate:

"The legal provision should keep before our eyes the general risks of debasing public controversy by thoughtless and, even if unintentionally, cruel styles of speaking and acting," he said to the Times.

I guess this would mean that rabble-rousing iconoclasts, preaching revolutionary theological concepts that scandalize the establishment, would be breaking the law.  Or does the archbishop have a loophole in mind that would allow a modern-day Jesus to escape the net of his censorious law?

(h/t Mark Steyn)

Posted by Terry O'Neill on January 30, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


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The godless church of liberalism in action...

Posted by: Alain | 2008-01-30 4:33:49 PM

And they wonder why the Anglican Church/Church of England is in decline.
In a way he has a point though, in heated debate, civility is lost and all that leads to.

Posted by: Liz J | 2008-01-30 5:00:39 PM

Rowan Williams is hardly Godless. You really have to read some of his writing to get past the media blurbs' false portrayal. Its a bit confusing - the contrast, but there's actually quite a bit more to him. He's in much better shape than the Anglican communion itself.

Posted by: lwestin | 2008-01-30 5:01:37 PM

I like him better as Mr. Bean! :)

Posted by: Markalta | 2008-01-30 5:10:25 PM

The Islamic Republik of Britain won't be too worried about all that old British stuff...

Posted by: philanthropist | 2008-01-30 7:39:29 PM

Iwestin, I admit to commenting without knowing much of anything about the man other than the media statement. Perhaps he is different from most of the Church of England crowd, many of whom claim not to believe in God. In fact this seems to be the norm to-day in the UK among the native English.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-01-31 12:11:44 PM

Churches started making moral allowances and also opened a floodgate of political correctness. They confused Love with Tolerance. Now they complain their flocks are thinned having debased their once firm moral ground because they appear as hypocrites.

I know wheneverever I see a priest in robes a little voice says "paedophile".

The brand is horribly damaged.


Posted by: Epsilon | 2008-01-31 12:25:29 PM

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