The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, comes in for a lot of stick — not least from columnists like me.Duke Amarchee: the Mark Harding of Old Blighty.
But in the past few days, he has said something important. He has criticised Government ministers for thinking that Christian beliefs are no longer relevant in modern Britain, and for looking at religion as a ‘problem’.
Many Government faith initiatives, he observed, assumed that religion was an eccentricity practised by oddballs, foreigners and minorities.
This is not just a seasonal exercise in special pleading by a Church leader. Dr Williams has put his finger on what should be a cause of extreme disquiet — the war of attrition being waged against Christian beliefs.
In recent times, there has been a string of cases in which it is no exaggeration to say that British Christians have been persecuted for expressing their faith.
In July, Duke Amachree, a Christian who for 18 years had been a Homelessness Prevention Officer for Wandsworth Council, encouraged a client with an incurable medical condition to believe in God.
As a result, Mr Amachree was marched off the premises, suspended and then dismissed from his job. It was a similar case to the Christian nurse who was suspended after offering to pray for a patient’s recovery...
Monday, December 14, 2009
The Archbish of Squish Gets Something Right (For a Change)
The indefatigable Melanie Phillips gives the Archbishop of Canterbury his due for acknowledging a verity: Christian belief is under seige in the U.K.: