Sunday, October 08, 2006

That it should come to this!

I find it almost impossible to believe that the Church of England might be onto something these days but someone in the hierarchy is actually thinking!
So the BBC reports that

... a Church of England briefing suggests[that]

... Muslims have been given "preferential" treatment since the 7 July bombings.

... the Church has been "sidelined".

The Church said the note, ..., was not an attack but a contribution to debate.


The Church's document is said to challenge the view that the UK is a "multi-faith society".

"The contribution of the Church of England in particular and of Christianity in general to the underlying culture remains very substantial," it said.

The note, called Cohesion and Integration - A Briefing Note for the House (of Bishops), ... describes the government's approach to integration as "schizophrenic".

"One might argue that disaffection and separation is now greater than ever, with Muslim communities withdrawing further into a sense of victimhood, and other faith communities seriously concerned that the government has given signals that appear to encourage the notion of a privileged relationship with sections of the Muslim community," it says.

That the day would ever come when any section of the Church of England would say this!

Of course, there is a very good chance that the senior beard the Archbishop of Canterbury will resile from this if the Muslim rabble rousers "community leaders" kick up a fuss. However, in the meantime I shall go to my Sunday morning training session with a more cheerful feeling about the state of the UK than I've had in months.

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