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Support for Rowan Williams

by Richard on February 13, 2008

This video comes from the General Synod of the Church of England. Note especially the contribution by evangelical scholar Elaine Storkey.

Via Dave Walker

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Rowan Williams’ Address to General Synod

by Richard on February 11, 2008

“We are not talking about parallel jurisdictions; and I tried to make clear that there could be no ‘blank cheques’ in this regard, in particular as regards some of the sensitive questions about the status and liberties of women. The law of the land still guarantees for all the basic components of human dignity. [...]

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The Archbishop & Sharia: two more contributions

by Richard on February 11, 2008

Our friend Dave Warnock
In so many ways in our society we need to move up the level of debate, increase the degree to which intelligence is used and respected, improve our determination to understanding others. Sadly the key things this issue has highlighted is that the press have very little interest in this, even more [...]

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The Archbishop & Sharia: best post yet

by Richard on February 11, 2008

Via Ben Myers comes this useful analysis of Rowan Williams’ lecture by Mike Higton. It’s a long piece, but helpfully broken down into a very brief summary, a longer summary of the key points and a detailed analysis. Here’s a taster:
Williams suggests that the main areas where some such accommodation is likely to be possible: [...]

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Rowan Williams gets an unlikely ally

by Richard on February 10, 2008

Novelist Martin Amis, a noted and outspoken critic of Islam, was the guest on Andrew Marr’s politics show this morning. He compared the bruhaha in the British media over Rowan William’s speech to Abu Hamza stirring things up, which was a nice touch. I’m pretty sure I heard him use the phrase “the Mullahs of [...]

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PamBG :: Too sensible to lead?
Secondly, it really beggers belief that a society is baying that a national leader knows his subject too well and that he is too much of a careful thinker to be a good leader. People seem to be essentially saying that we don’t want intellectually brilliant leaders who engage in [...]

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Song of the Day: “Sharia!”

by Kim on February 10, 2008

(To the tune of “Maria” from West Side Story)
Sharia!
I’ve just made a speech on Sharia.
And suddenly that name
Has set the press aflame -
Next me!
Sharia!
I’ve just hit a nerve with Sharia.
And suddenly I’ve found
Hysteria unbound
And free!
Sharia!
Say it loud and a lynch mob is braying.
Say it soft and for blood they’re still baying.
Sharia!
Kim Fabricius

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The Archbishop and Sharia (5): more blog reactions

by Richard on February 10, 2008

Here are two Welsh bloggers who get it.
Paul Flynn :: Reverend Lynch Mob
Matin Eagleston :: Who would be King?
And Aussie Ben Myers is right on the money
In short, Rowan Williams wants us “to think a little harder about the role and rule of law in a plural society,” and to think more generally about the [...]

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Mayhem in Macedonia

by Kim on February 9, 2008

Timothy: Paul, you know how much I respect - and love - you, right? That you’re my father in God, not just my boss? And my best friend?
Paul: Sure, Tim, I know that. But it’s always nice to hear it.
Timothy: It’s just that I want to tell you something, and I don’t [...]

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The Archbishop & Sharia (4): Blog reactions

by Richard on February 9, 2008

Like the rest of the media, blogdom is buzzing with stuff about Archbishop Rowan Williams and his lecture to the Royal Courts of Justice. And like most of the media, bloggers aren’t showing much sign of having listened what the Archbishop had to say. There are some honourable exceptions, of course.
Gimson Unbound :: Rowan Williams [...]

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The Archbishop and Sharia (3)

by Richard on February 9, 2008

At last, a journalist writing some sense!
His contention, one that is hardly surprising coming from a religious figure, is that the law might work better if it accepted that disputes among consenting groups of adults who shared certain values – and in this case he was talking mainly, but not exclusively, of British Muslim [...]

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The Archbishop & Sharia (2)

by Richard on February 8, 2008

Our friend Kim took part in a radio ‘debate’ with Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens today. For the next few days you’ll be able to here it here, if you have RealPlayer installed. (The segment begins about 5 minutes into the programme). Well done, Kim - you more than held your own with Hitchens [...]

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Abdul the bogeyman

by Richard on February 8, 2008

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 [...]

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