February 15, 2008

So let’s say you’re the Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, titular head of the Church of England, mother church for the worldwide Anglican Communion, one of the foremost branches in Christian Protestantism. What sort of qualities, do you think, you would need to possess? Certainly faith and trust in Jesus Christ, of course – after all, you’d have to be a Christian, right? Confidence in your calling? A fatherly caretaker and wise leader of your worldwide Church? I would say so. But more than anything else, would you not be a passionate defender of the Faith, someone who takes seriously his priestly calling and ordination vows to “boldly proclaim and interpret the Gospel of Christ, enlightening the minds and stirring the conscience of the people” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 518)?

One would think so.

Unfortunately, in the case of Dr. Williams, I think not of someone akin to papal giants like Pope Benedict XVI or John Paul II, or even such distinguished and charismatic prior occupants of the Canterbury seat such as Dr. Michael Ramsey or even Robert Runcie. No, the character I think of is Sir Robin from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, who, after backing down from a encounter with a fierce dragon, is dissed by his minstrel companions with a song that includes the following line:

“When danger reared its ugly head, Sir Robin turned his tail and fled…”

Why do I write this? Because of the recent firestorm the Archbishop found himself in for his recent statement that Islamic Sharia law should be accommodated in large part by the laws of Great Britain:

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans, said on Thursday the introduction in Britain of some aspects of sharia, Islamic law, was unavoidable.
Williams, speaking to the BBC, said other religions enjoyed tolerance of their laws in Britain and he called for a “constructive accommodation” with Muslim practice in areas such as marital disputes.

Asked if the adoption of sharia was necessary for community cohesion, Williams said: “It seems unavoidable. Certain conditions of sharia are already recognised in our society and under our law, so it is not as if we are bringing in an alien and rival system.”

Coming on the heels of puzzling comments made prior to Christmas where he proclaimed that much of the Church’s traditional beliefs and stories involving the Incarnation were nothing but legends and cherished, but false, stories, the Archbishop’s latest remarks are stupid, ill-advised, ignorant, and not fit for someone of his office. But what would you expect from one whom the great Mark Steyn refers to as a “buffoon …basically this sort of weird, Welsh druid who’s been promoted way beyond his abilities”. He should be forced to resign in disgrace, but he won’t – the promoters of modern Anglicanism in the Church of England and its Western counterparts The Episcopal Church (USA) and the Anglican Church of Canada long ago ceded the moral ground as defenders of the Faith. Like the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Rt. Reverend Katherine Jefferts Schori, the Archbishop and his defenders worship not at the altar of Jesus Christ but at the altar of post-modernism in the name of tolerance, inclusiveness, and diversity.

But before you consider this just another Anglican/Episcopal bashing post, consider that I’m not alone in my disgust for this sad and pathetic idiot’s kow-towing to Islam. Seldom do I ever agree with the Washington Post, but Op-Ed contributor Anne Applebaum hits the freakin’ nail smack on the head with this observation:

Many explanations for the archbishop’s statements have already been proffered: the weakness of the Church of England, the paganism of the British, the feebleness of Williams’s intellect, the decline of the West. At base, though, his beliefs are merely an elaborate, intellectualized version of a commonly held, and deeply offensive, Western prejudice: Alone among all of the world’s many religious groups, Muslims living in Western countries cannot be expected to conform to Western law — or perhaps do not deserve to be treated as legal equals of their non-Muslim neighbors.

Every time police shrug their shoulders when a Muslim woman complains that she has been forced to marry against her will, every time a Western doctor tries not to notice the female circumcisions being carried out in his hospital, they are acting in the spirit of the archbishop of Canterbury. So is the social worker who dismisses the plight of an illiterate, house-bound woman, removed from her village and sent across the world to marry a man she has never met, on the grounds that her religion prohibits interference.

Indeed. I’ve often wondered at the hypocrisy of the proponents of diversity, tolerance, and multi-culturalism – many of whom, by the way, are women – when they should get down on their knees and thank the good Lord that they themselves don’t live in a society goverened by the laws of Islam.

But I digress. In the end, the Archbishop’s comments are nothing more than yet another example of why Anglicans and Episcopalians in the West are leaving the their churches in droves. I mean, who the hell wants to be a part of a faith that has so little confidence in its own beliefs and traditions that it won’t even put up a fight for souls and its own existence against a religion hell-bent on destroying it?

Sigh. Chalk another one up for Satan and his modern siege upon mainline Protestantism. Me, I’m looking forward to attending a local Roman Catholic church and a faith tradition not ashamed or afraid for what they believe.

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