SOME SIGNS OF RESISTANCE FROM THE PEWS
I'm Jewish, and therefore anything I say about Christianity is potentially suspect. More to the point, I am a convert from Anglicanism who has retained an affection for and understanding of, that peculiar
institution. There are those who describe themselves as cultural Jews. Aside from matters of religion, I think I may claim the title of cultural Anglican. If "more tea vicar?" were the response to any accusation or threat or even vague unpleasantness hurled in mixed company, the world might be a better place.
This time of the year holds no great problems for me, as I know it does for many Jews. I grew up with Christmas. I'm not in the least bit threatened by it. For me, it is a time when the society surrounding me tries to be at its very best, and who could argue with that. It's the choir of Kings College
, Cambridge, In Dulci Jubilo
, red and green tinsel, street decorations and strangers saying "Merry Christmas". All that 19th century Dickensian nonsense. I love it.
And although I have left the dear old Church of England behind me, after rejecting as nonsensical the central claim of Christianity, that Jesus Christ was the Son of God who was executed under Pontius Pilate in expiation of our sins, descended into hell, and on the third day rose again and sits at the right hand of God until the last days when He shall come again to judge both the living and the dead...gosh it's remarkable how this stuff from the Book of Common Prayer
just comes flooding back...where was I?
Okay, new sentence. Entirely new sentence, that last one just spiralled away out of control when I lost concentration for a moment. Let this be a warning - friends don't let friends blog drunk. Yes, the good old C of E, God bless her and all who sail in her. She's been in a bad old way of late, with the trendy vicar brigade seemingly having taken over the shop, intent on turning it into the Left faction of the Labour Party at prayer. Ladies guilds sending baked goods to the Burmese insurgents, the Archbishop of Canterbury organising church youth groups to help with the coffee harvest in Nicaragua, that sort of thing.
The latest blow has been the appointment of some leftist Welsh twat
to the See of Canterbury, and the seemingly endless stream of disgusting rubbish that pours out of his mouth. At least one of his predecessors, Robert Runcie
, won the MC and had a vague idea what war was all about.
The future 102nd Archbishop of Canterbury was recruited to lead the 3rd Battalion of Scots Guards, and was awarded the Military Cross after leading his tank division through heavy mortar to defeat Nazi forcs at The Battle of Normandy in 1945. Runcie was noted after his ascent to Archbishop as the only head of the Church of England since Thomas Beckett to have served in battle.
So it was with some interest that I picked up today's paper and saw a thunderous blast from the Anglican right
(which I had no idea still existed) right on the op-ed page! It's by Peter Howson, who was a federal minister in the Menzies, Holt, McEwen and McMahon Coalition governments.The old boy nails it in the first two pars.
As a layman who has served on vestries for 45 years, I'm most concerned at the pusillanimous approach adopted by the Anglican Church to an issue that strikes at the heart of our Christian culture as well as our material existence.
The terrorists who carried out the Bali massacre on October 12, like the al-Qa'ida assassins who flew the planes into the Pentagon, the World Trade Centre and a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, did not do these things because of anything our political leaders did or did not do. They did them because, under their misguided interpretation of the Islamic religion, we are infidels and sinners who have to be destroyed.
A mighty fortress
is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Yes, yes, I'm aware that Martin Luther was a terrible anti-semite
. Still...it's a good hymn don't you think?