You’ll no doubt have heard that Archbishop Rowan Williams has stirred a hornet’s nest with his comments about Sharia Law in Britain. The best reaction I’ve seen so far comes Bishop Alan. Hard to choose a single ‘money quote’, but what about this sample:
Loyal is as loyal does. Within the overarching framework of monarchy we’re all still here, and the deep fried hysteria from 1799 (the Gordon riots) or 1685 (the Popish Plot) seems, frankly, potty. From this we learn that the English sometimes do hysterical kneejerks. Best check that the bogeymen really are bogeymen. In a country containing people who don’t know the difference between a paediatrician and a paedophile, this is particularly important.
Fast forward. Muslims, in fact, represent 3% of the UK population. In the cold light of day, fear that Bearded Ayatollahs are about to march up Whitehall and Take Power is utterly ridiculous. It’s particularly babyish when you remember 99% of actual British Muslims live decent, law abiding lives, according to rather conservative standards of family life. Forget that fact, and we make big fools of ourselves.