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LONDON: Bishops are urged to repel advance of multifaith society
VirtueOnline-News ^ | 5/26/2006 | Ruth Gledhill

Posted on 05/26/2006 5:17:34 PM PDT by sionnsar

SENIOR Church of England bishop has delivered an extraordinary attack on his fellow church leaders, accusing them of pandering to a multifaith society.

The Bishop of Rochester, the Right Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, says that the Church is suffering a "full-frontal assault" on its place in British society.

However, bishops are failing to act, allowing key Christian activities in institutions such as prisons and hospitals to be reduced to a "multifaith mishmash".

Despite a growing threat to Britain's traditional identity as a Christian country, bishops have found it impossible to act in unity or even discuss "ways of upholding the uniqueness of Christ in the public square".

"Surely this is where bishops and the Church as a whole should act together?" he asked. "So far, there has been little interest, and our ecclesiastical bureaucracies remain preoccupied with pre-eminently churchy matters."

To acknowledge Britain's Christian roots is not to deny others the opportunity to contribute, he says.

"Alas, such a vision of our Christian roots is very far from the ideas of policy-makers and managers in our public institutions. They have been sold the doctrine of the multifaith society, lock, stock and barrel."

Writing in The Church of England Newspaper, Dr Nazir-Ali says that the Church of England's role and that of other churches in the nation is built on the assumption that this is a Christian country that owes its constitution, institutions, legal arrangements and values to the Christian faith.

But Dr Nazir-Ali argues that there is a "secularising agenda" afoot in which people of no faith argue for Britain being a multifaith society to level down or "neutralise" all faiths.

"To acknowledge the Christian roots of British society is not to deny others the opportunity of making their own contribution. In fact, a so-called neutral standpoint may be equally unwelcoming to all," the Pakistan-born bishop says.

Another Church of England bishop to make a recent stand for traditional British values was the Ugandan-born Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

Dr Nazir-Ali, a conservative evangelical, says that the Church of England has always ensured that other denominations and religions are "included". But he says that this is no longer good enough and the Church must think again.

Under canon law, it is the bishop's task to ensure that nothing is done that is contrary to the doctrine of the Church.

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: anglican; britain; churchofengland; cofe; uk

1 posted on 05/26/2006 5:17:36 PM PDT by sionnsar
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2 posted on 05/26/2006 5:18:29 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0urs)
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Ahhh...Are we talking Crusades? Or just nasty comments?

3 posted on 05/26/2006 5:29:25 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Illegal Aliens....STFU!)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

I don't quite follow...

4 posted on 05/26/2006 7:04:58 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0urs)
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I guess I was just being a little sarcastic about how the Eurotrash ..maybe except for Britain...aren' t really taking much action against the Moooslims. Lotta talk, little action.

5 posted on 05/26/2006 7:08:15 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Illegal Aliens....STFU!)
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All the best to these good clergy members, if only mainstream Britain would listen to them. They stopped listening to serious Christian teachers 150 years ago.

6 posted on 05/26/2006 9:03:26 PM PDT by NZerFromHK (Leftism is like honey mixed with arsenic: initially it tastes good, but that will end up killing you)
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