I would like to write that the Archbishop of Canterbury had been at his most controversial this week when he launched an undisguised left wing attack upon the Prime Minister, and the coalition government, however, that’s not possible when only weeks ago he proclaimed how uncomfortable he had been with the shooting of the mass murderer and most wanted man in the world, Osama Bin Laden. In 2008 we had Sharia Gate. A speech given by the Archbishop which must have deeply offended every practicing Christian in the UK.
His attack, written in The New Statesman, a socialist magazine read almost exclusively by the university educated Liberal elite, was a derogation of his responsibility to lead and unite his flock and the most transparent expose yet of the fact that at the top, the Church of England is almost wholly infiltrated and run by people who would regard The New Statesman as their own particular gospel.
There are areas of policy where politics and the church overlap, where debate should be robust and where the church and its Archbishops could speak with authority and have real influence and effect. When this occurs, Rowan Williams, has ample opportunity to speak out and influence policy, however, strangely, when such opportunities present, he is deafening in his silence as he hides away with his fingers in his ears.
MPs and congregations want to know, what does Rowan Williams think of our over sexualised society, or the teaching of abstinence in schools? What words does he have for his congregations on abortion or assisted suicide? What does he have to say about the screening of the documentary to be shown which next week which will shows us a man’s dying moments at a Dignistas clinic in Switzerland? What does he think of embryology research? Silence. Nothing, nada, not a word.
As these opportunities arise, as Parliament debates the thorny issues rooted in moral Christian belief, the priest says nothing. As MPs look to the church to speak to its congregations they face a press release black out from Lambeth Palace.
And yet, the Archbishop feels it is his duty and place to launch an attack on the amazing policies put forward by Iain Duncan Smith to lift a million people out of poverty, on the coalition education policies which would allow the creation of a greater number of free, faith schools and an attack on the NHS reforms which aim to transfer funding from the temple, as in Whitehall, into the hands of GP’s who are closer to the patient. To be fair, he attacked the war on Iraq, but so did most of the Labour party and so that thinly veiled attempt to cover up his personal bleeding heart socialist beliefs just didn’t work. He described the ‘Big Society’ initiative as stale and yet failed to acknowledge that the retreat of the church from our communities into its own ivory alters, is what has left a void within communities. A void the Big Society initiative is trying desperately to fill. The coalition, Archbishop, is trying to do the job in which your church has failed and is that maybe what has irked? That the Big Society policy has shone a light over the lazy failings of a rather wealthy established church?
He writes that the country is ‘gripped by fear’ in the face of the coalition policies. No Archbishop, your congregation, the ordinary people of this country, those who don’t read the elitist magazine in which you chose to write your words of poor wisdom, they are fearful that their children will inherit a debt that the previous Labours administration has left. They were fearful of a failing NHS and the inability to get their children into a decent school. The polls indicate quite clearly that they are not gripped by fear of the coalition policies and your sensationalist headline not only has no evidence to back it up, but is in fact a blatant attempt to whip up a discontented fear, where none at present exists.
Rowan Williams defenders argue that the Anglican Church is broad with very divergent opinions. This may be the case, however, church goers across the country scream out for guidance. A church to lead and one they can follow. They want and need continuity and conformity, basic tenants upon which the church is based. That’s why they attend church because otherwise, they may as well stay at home and pray in isolation. They want their church leader to reflect the teaching of Jesus and to spread his word into the wider community. To influence policy in the way Jesus would do if he were here today. What people don’t want is an Archbishop hijacking their church as a platform for his own Sharia friendly, socialist, personal political views.
In his article he wrote that no one voted for the coalition or its policies. In 2010 the Conservative party alone took a greater proportion of the vote share than Labour did in 2005. The coalition with the Liberal Democrats, represents a far greater proportion of the electorate and is introducing a truly broad church of policies.
The buzz word around Westminster is ‘Who will rid us of this troublesome priest’. The answer is ultimately his flock, as they stay at home week after week. The Archbishop is feeling the effect of true democracy as they let him know what they think of his ridiculous uttering’s, with their feet.