Saturday, October 22, 2011

Finally growing a (tiny) pair?

The sheer blandicity of the C of E over the last few decades has often made me wonder just what the hell they were up too. The placing of the Arch Druid in charge of them did them no favours either, as all he was to me was a political placeman of the Blair regime, too right on and politically correct to actually be a Christian of the type needed in this country. His comments on Shariah merely confirming that the guy actually hadn't a clue what was going on in Britain's inner cities.
Still it does look like the C of E or bits of it anyway might just be starting to grow a pair if this is anything to be going by.
The Church of England has told its schools to ensure they are serving non-halal food after concerns that a number are only providing meat slaughtered according to Islamic law.
The official guidance was issued after Church members complained that the use of halal meat was effectively ‘spreading sharia law’ across Britain.
The Church’s financial arm has also come under pressure to withdraw its investments – worth millions of pounds – in supermarkets that do not clearly label halal food.
More than 10,000 Christians, many of whom have reservations about eating meat from animals that are bled to death while an Islamic prayer is recited, have signed a petition calling for proper labelling.
Animal rights campaigners have also expressed anger because animals are often not stunned before their throats are cut with a sharp knife.
The Rev Patrick Sookhdeo, an Anglican cleric who runs the international Barnabas Fund charity for Christians facing persecution, said some extremist Muslims viewed the growing  use of halal food as part of their efforts to ‘impose’ sharia law on the West.
 Halal is a cruel way to kill if stunning isn't used, but also I don't personally want a prayer to a vile false god said over anything I eat either. To me the only reason supermarkets don't label products as halal is because they know that many people wont buy them if they knew, yes it might be prejudiced, yes it might be petty, but people simply don't want it, so will buy alternatives if they know.
Who knows, if they are successful in this they could perhaps raise the matter of the slaughtered Copts in Egypt, or the fact that the last Christian church was raised to the ground in Afghanistan, or even the activities of the janjaweed militias in the Sudan and their use of slavery and ethnic cleansing on Christians in the Sudan.
For too long the C of E hierarchy has been blandness supreme, political placemen of the establishment. Perhaps, and it's only a perhaps, they are in danger of actually becoming a Christian church once more. Only time will tell.

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Mark Wadsworth said...

Yup, agreed.

Captain Haddock said...

It won't last .. they've shown no backbone so far, why should they change now ?

Anonymous said...

If it doesn't make money, or isn't about abominations like women and gay bishops or gay marriage, the church doesn't want to know.

They take their lead from one of the richest and most corrupt organisations in the world; one for which for some ridiculous reason a whole country has been dedicated. The Vatican.

Around us people are being thrown out of work, out of homes, old people are having their heating bills massive heating bills rise by 18% and the government is taking away (despite a promise to the contrary) some of their heating allowance. And the church has grown enough cojones to make a fuss about bloody hal sodding al meat.

Well, Jesus must have changed since the day he accepted sinners and threw bank counters over in the temple. Thatcher must have got to him and now he is sitting up there in heaven counting all the money his 140 odd types of church make and worrying his arse off about poofs and women and to hell with the poor.

Oh yeah, when he's not on the phone to George Bush telling him to bomb the ass out of Muslim countries which have loads of oil.

Religion. pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffff.

Phoenix said...

I sent this to local paper.

Dear Editor
Anyone but Harriet and get lost Luff.
Whilst other MPs in Westminster have had the courage to represent the views of their constituents both Peter Luff and Harriet Baldwin have chosen to look to their own careers. Both shout about defending our country but when the chips are down and they have to put words into actions both abandon us.
Whether we want to stay in Europe or get out is nothing to do with career conscious cronies of Cameron, but giving us the opportunity to express it is their duty.
If we agree that we should stay in EU and give them control of our borders, immigration policy, Human Rights and want to continue sending £50 million per day to stay in a club that has driven down our living standards in order to bail out bankers and profligate European Countries then we owe them our vote because that is what they have just agreed to on our behalf.
Robin Walker put them both to shame and I hope that his constituents reward his courage.