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07:10 am: What to make of +Rowan's latest words?
+Rowan seemed to be genuinely surprised at the reaction to his
thoughts about welcoming Sharia law into Britain, and this is
remarkable. One has to assume that he is an academic so far removed
from the ordinary people that he has completely lost touch. I'm
working on a longer article on the whole issue, which may not be
publishable in the end. I'm not a scholar on Islamic law, but I have
lived in a country with two parallel official legal systems and in one
with, in parts, different official and informal legal systems. Neither
is pretty, and I wouldn't welcome such a thing here. But considering
the reaction, we must ask: does +Rowan want to be sacked? These
comments coming in the week before a General Synod meeting could not
be more poorly timed, and I wonder whether the might find himself at
the wrong end of a vote of no-confidence before the week is out. Now,
wouldn't that make for an interesting Lambeth Conference, with a
Vacancy in See! Or perhaps +John would welcome everyone to the York
Conference instead? If I do finish the other article, you will be the
first to hear.

Current Mood: puzzled


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Date:February 11th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
The best commentary I've seen on the whole kerfuffle is http://yrieithydd.livejournal.com/105695.html .

I think part of the problem is that, as usual, ++Rowan is unwilling to allow the office to stifle the personal, which is just as well really. It would be a tragic shame if we were to lose the genuinely brilliant radical theologian in search of social justice because he had to adpt the clothes of a bland and boring politician.

LSM is 100% behind ++Rowan, which I suppose should come as no surprise to anyone!
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Date:February 11th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
but I have
lived in a country with two parallel official legal systems and in one
with, in parts, different official and informal legal systems

Which one, and what happened, exactly?
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Date:February 11th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
I was interested in what you thought about it all. I have yet to read the transcript of what he actually said. I intend doing so but will look forward to your thoughts too.
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Date:February 11th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)


maybe that's why we need a childlike faith because all this intellectual academia of theology just confuses the masses. I doubt very much with my levels of intellect that the Bishop has said anything wrong academically, but the point is, it sends a confused message for most ordinary people.
Interestingly enough, the number in the congregation at our church on Sunday was much higher than usual, was this the ordinary people reacting to what was said and standing up for what they believed in? who knows.
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Date:February 13th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
And here I was thinking he was into disestablishmentarianism.
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