Cranmer’s Celebratory Pulpit No.VI
Cranmer is delighted to reward his communicants with an open pulpit today.
The principal reason is that (to his immense surprise) his august blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political has been ranked #6 in the ‘Top 100 Right of Centre Blogs’, and #1 in the ‘Top 10 Religious Blogs’ in Iain Dale's Guide to Political Blogging in the UK.
In celebration of this, and in perpetual commemoration of the spiritual liberation afforded by his own pulpit experience with the Provost of Eton, Dr Henry Cole (illustrated above), His Grace is pleased to host another Cranmer’s Pulpit for communicants to raise whatever religio-political or politico-religious concerns they do so wish…
…intelligently and eruditely, of course.
And if communicants are in need of focus, he asks all who are so minded to pray for the thousand of Buddhist monks and civilians who are marching for democracy in Burma. Amidst reports today that they are being beaten and assaulted by the military, they are brave and principled souls indeed. They have most recently supported by the Dalai Lama and the President of the United States of America, who has announced the tightening of economic sanctions and a visa ban on Myanmar’s leaders.
This helpful site notes that ‘democracy is strengthened by values drawn from Buddhist moral and social theory, and Buddhist moral and social theory gains concrete institutional and procedural specificity when it is articulated through the framework of liberal democratic theory’.
If a repeat of the 1998 bloodbath is to avoided, Cranmer believes prayer to be an imperative.