Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in his forthcoming book, Faith in the Public Square that is being prepared for publication ahead of his retirement, has this to say about Islam and Muslims according to the Guardian:
‘The archbishop says that the Labour party was wrong in 2006 to make incitement to religious hatred a criminal offence, arguing that anti-Muslim statements could show courage. “The creation under British law of a criminal offence of incitement to religious hatred has provoked bitter and sustained controversy. Disproportionate attention has been given to a hypersensitive minority.’
‘”Some anti-Muslim images or words (foolish and insulting as they may be) may well exhibit courage in a world where terrorist violence reaches across every national boundary.” He also calls for greater integration of Muslims living in Britain and insists they make their loyalty to “the nation state” rather than “the international Muslim community”. “To suggest that the Muslim owes an overriding loyalty to the International Muslim Community [the Umma] is extremely worrying,” he writes. “Muslims must make clear that their loyalty is straightforward modern political loyalty to the nation state.”‘
A friend of mine said:
Oh dear, reminds me of the Elizabethan persecution of Catholics. Similar charges were hurled at them “you are more loyal to the Catholic Church than the Queen”….. Allahu Musta’aan.
a good analogy. Its why the Catholic Saint Sir Thomas Moore was executed by Henry VIII too. On the scaffold Moore said: I remain the Kings good servant but God’s first.
Categories: Responses to anti-Islamic Polemics