Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Cranmer’s Pulpit II

A month ago, in commemoration of the spiritual liberation afforded by his own pulpit experience with the Provost of Eton, Dr Henry Cole (illustrated above), His Grace instituted ‘Cranmer’s Pulpit’.

A few communicants have requested this ‘open thread’ facility once again, so it is over to you to raise whatever religio-political or politico-religious concerns you do so wish, or to comment on related matters…

…intelligently, and eruditely, of course.


Blogger UK Daily Pundit said...

Good Behaviour, Religiousness May Be Genetic

11 April 2007 at 14:15  
Anonymous m.d. said...

Similar explorations involving the focus of twins have also recently debunked the notion of the 'gay gene'. I don't know what to believe.

11 April 2007 at 16:05  
Anonymous Colin said...


"I don't know what to believe."

That's pop science. Neither a gay gene nor a gene for religion has been identified. Whatever you measure in twins, the result is always that approximately 50% is heritable. Hence, simply imagine your favoured behavioural trait and before any twin study has been conducted, you already know the answer: heritability of about 50%. Even, tuberculosis, an infectious disease, has a heritability of more than 50%. In conclusion, such studies don't say anything except in the rare cases when no evidence for heritability has been found in twins. Then you know that the cause is most likely to be environmental.

Another topic

What are the thoughts of His Grace and his intelligent and erudite communicants about the decisive political influence of the Muslim vote in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France and the possibility of a similar trend in the UK?

From an article in the Washington Times In bed with Islamists: "Pundits who predict that Western Europe is about to witness a shift to the anti-immigrant right are mistaken. This trend will be over by the end of the decade, when the impact of the immigrant vote will move European politics dramatically to the left. The right's chances of winning elections are dwindling. The anti-immigrant right realizes this...

Some politicians on the European far-right, however, seem convinced that the Islamization of Western Europe has become inevitable. Like the parties of the left, they hope to counter electoral decline by striking a deal with the Islamists. This explains why last week Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the anti-immigrant National Front in France, emphasized that, unlike Mr. Sarkozy, he does not want to "clean the suburbs out with a high pressure hose." Mr. Le Pen told the Muslim youths in the suburbs: "You are the branches of the French tree. You are as French as can be."

We are on the eve of a crackup of the so-called European far right between pro-Islamists and anti-Islamists...Within the French NF, too, traditionalist Catholics feel less and less at ease with the pro-Arab policies of those who consider America to be a greater threat to Europe than North Africa and who prefer Hamas over Israel."

Are European politicians step-by step abandoning democracy to minimize the influence of Islamic votes or should we be happy if our charming Miss Jelly Bean becomes one of the next Prime Ministers in Britain?

11 April 2007 at 21:05  
Anonymous Henry said...

The BNP still appear to be banking on a "lurch to the right" and seizing power at a time of national crisis...,,1989520,00.html

"I also discovered the party's strategy, which it has never made public, is not to win elections, but to position itself to take advantage of any major economic crisis in the future."

"We are rapidly approaching a moment of truly historic decision. The interrelated questions of mass immigration and liberal globalism are coming to a head. At such a moment, with a defining number of the British people awake and thinking about issues which they have been able to dodge for a generation, it is inevitable that other parties will move – or at least pretend to move – towards the political centre of gravity of the population. A lurch, in other words, to what is commonly called ‘the right’."

12 April 2007 at 07:25  
Anonymous billy said...

Is the genocide in Darfur inflicted by one religious grouping on another, or is it some other split?

12 April 2007 at 07:37  
Anonymous Observer said...

No Billy it is simply that Arab Muslims think Black African Muslims are racially inferior and should be pushed into Black African states.

Both sides are Muslims, but since we do not accept "racism" between 'noble savages' we must make do with Rousseau's script as issued to every right-thinking pedagogue in Western liberal society

12 April 2007 at 07:46  
Blogger Cranmer said...

His Grace is more than a little puzzled by the fact that neither of those regular communicants who requested Cranmer's Pulpit II bothered to enter it to expound their thoughts or concerns.

His Grace thanks those who did, and takes note of those issues which are of evident interest.

12 April 2007 at 12:03  
Anonymous billy said...

Thank you Observer.
There was me thinking that all muslims are equal.

Your Grace,
I requested another pulpit by email, but I am here under another name.
I hope that is ok, or perhaps you didn't mean me?

12 April 2007 at 18:18  
Anonymous Observer said...

There was me thinking that all muslims are equal.

Oh, you mean monolithic ?

13 April 2007 at 06:35  
Blogger botogol said...

your grace, I am surprised you haven't covered the debate on religious freedom in the House of Lords yesteday. Lots of interesting excerpts on the Today programme this mornnig. Right up your street I think.

20 April 2007 at 16:14  

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