Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bashing the Bishop

Whilst currently not a practising Christian, its roots go deep into me and affect my outlook on life, I was once accepted as a candidate for training to be a Vicar, but in the end having met the other candidates and their odd views on God and the bible, decided that I wasn't interested, preferring to be involved in youth outreach instead. In essence this is why I have such disdain for a great many of the hierarchy of the C of E and their cosy relationship with the liberal left and it's multicultural equality of all wrecking spree on the countries indigent dwellers. I did have a good bit of time for those who stood up for their beliefs though, the ex Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali for one and The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, both oddly enough not originally from this country and its wishy washy so called Christian mainstream church. These guys actually believed in the teachings of Jesus including the ones that the C of E hierarchy would like to forget such as Jesus scourging the money changers in the temple and saying "I come not to bring peace, but to bring a sword" (Gospel of Matthew 10:34) which completely rubs the "gentle Jesus meek and mild" brigade up the wrong way.
I particularly liked Michael Nazir-Ali's stance on extreme Islam too, Last year, he received death threats after saying some areas of the UK had become no-go areas for non-Muslims because of Islamic extremism.So he hit a real nerve there, shame he had to go, the fact he got death threats rather made his point for him too. His replacement sadly is Right Reverend James Langstaff, who believes the church could be given a greater role in protecting the most vulnerable and talked about the "hard work" that would be needed to form new partnerships with the government to help deliver social care in the future. In other words he's not interested in the threat to England by the fascistic ideology posing as a religion that is Islam, he probably doesn't see the persecution of Christians in Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and Egypt (and all over the Islamic world) as a problem as it will never happen here, not like any Bishop's have received death threats now is it...
Well not Bishops who have kept schtum about Islam anyway.

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Anonymous said...

I’m not a Christian by any manner or means, but I was forced to have exclusively Christian religious education at school and forced to sing hymns and say prayers to a Christian god.

So like you it’s a part of me, but mainly by osmosis.

I like the idea of Jesus taking his sword to the evil bankers, but I’d like him to take it to the rich of the church too. This idiotic Vatican set up with the riches of Christendom in its palaces, and its head of church a King and absolute ruler, treated in some ways like a god himself.

The Archbishops and their funny hats and incredible costumes is something that en dreamt up... not jesus. He had a robe and some sandals, and only the food he could beg on his way.

I have immense respect for Archbishop Tutu, despite him wearing these ridiculous costumes. Apart from him I’ve never met a management level priest that was worth much.

The C of E’s very existence is a joke. The Pope won’t let me have what I want so I’ll start my own religion and I’LL be head of it. So there. Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah Pope!

These people who are not doing anything about the poor and the hungry; who spend their lives worrying about women and poofs in their damned church. (From my limited experience of churches, without the women and the poofs there would be no bloody church.)

As an adult I’ve read about other faiths, and I wish my education had been a little more “comparative religion” instead of “these are the facts; read them, learn them, and sing hymns about them.

There are extremists in all the Abrahamic religions. Nut case Muslims, Jews and Christian... and probably, nay undoubtedly in the other religions too. It would be hard to imagine man getting something as potentially moneymaking going without some at least finding a way to be greedy, duplicitous and evil.

James Higham said...

Wow - have to come back to this. I was going to comment on the EDL but then saw this. Might have to quote you a bit here.