Friday, October 27, 2006

Life on Mars

I'm not usually a swearblogger, but now I'm cross.

Writing in The Times today, the Archbishop of Canterbury says:

COMING BACK from a fortnight in China at the beginning of this week, into the middle of what felt like a general panic about the role of religion in society, had a slightly surreal feel to it. The proverbial visitor from Mars might have imagined that the greatest immediate threat to British society was religious war, fomented by “faith schools”, cheered on by thousands of veiled women and the Bishops’ Benches in the House of Lords. Commentators were solemnly asking if it were not time for Britain to become a properly secular society.

The odd thing was to come into this straight from a context where people were asking the opposite question. Wasn’t it time that China stopped being a certain kind of secular society?
Rarely has a human being crammed so much dishonesty and self-deceit into so few words.

The greatest immediate threat to British society IS religious war, you cretinous, bearded twat. 7/7 isn't a fucking convenience store.

Terrorism IS fomented by faith schools.

Headline-grabbing campaigners for the veil ARE activists in mosques that churn out suicide bombers or puppets of supremacist religious cults.

And exactly which "kind of secular society" is China? In case you didn't notice on your visit it's a fucking communist dictatorship. A communist dictatorship that killed some 70 million people in the twentieth century (also see next link). All told, communist dictatorships murdered more than 148 million people in the twentieth century.

And Williams has the mendacious, bare-faced duplicitous cheek to characterise China not as a communist tyranny, but as a secular society.

And who the FUCK has mentioned the Bishops' Bench in the House of Lords? I haven't seen a single reference to it in the newspapers of the past few weeks. But let me remedy that omission right now. Last year the Fabian society called for:
the Church of England's preferential status to end and for its bishops to the lose the right to sit in the House of Lords.

The Fabian Society says the change is needed to establish the principle of equal treatment of religions, including Islam, and that it remains the only part of the constitution untouched by reform since 1997.
Damn right. And it can't be soon enough.

A self-deceiving moron like Rowan Williams, a man who would put the sectional interests of religious partisans above social cohesion and peace, has no place in Parliament.

2 comments:

Sir Percy said...

The churches cannot be trusted in the current 'clash of civilisations', despite the Pope's apparent recent willingness to set himself against Islamic expansionism.

'Self interest' will be their watch-word as the Catholic Church has clearly demonstrated during the past few days in it's struggle to prevent the government from introducing its badly thought through 25% quota system for faith schools.

We're living in an age where religions would sooner use the present difficulties to benefit themselves rather than to attempt to solve anything.

In this respect, Bin Laden is winning this war as he has succeeded in getting people to define themselves in terms of religious affiliation.

Those of us who choose not to define ourselves in this way are being sidelined.

Brett said...

The arrogance of these people is quite astonishing. Even more astonishing is that they have somehow hoodwinked us all into thinking that funding of 'Faith' schools is an appropriate use of our taxes!

http://bretters.blogspot.com/2006/10/cash-for-fairy-tales.html