Bishop of Rochester receives death threats
Cranmer isn’t remotely surprised. Indeed, these threats are evidence that the United Kingdom is becoming a 'no-go area' for non-Muslims, or those who expose anything of the 'victimhood and domination' mentality of Islam. And it is even less surprising that the bishop is receiving criticism from the most senior members of the Church of England hierarchy. If violent Muslims protests are tolerated in the UK, and nuns can be murdered in response to the Pope’s Regensburg speech, threats to the bishop are manifestly par for the course.
Yet the bishop humbly observes: ‘If my overflowing postbag is anything to go by - and it has been overwhelmingly supportive - then it is clear that this is an issue that needs further discussion.’
Indeed it does, but where is the politician or ‘senior member of the Church of England’ who will lead this?
Following the Pope’s example of defusing a crisis, the bishop said: ‘I deeply regret any hurt and do not wish to cause offence to anyone, let alone my Muslim friends. But unless we diagnose the malaise from which we all suffer we shall not be able to discover the remedy.’
Speaking to The Times, Dr Nazir-Ali said: ‘The irony is that I had similar threats when I was a bishop in Pakistan, but I never thought I would have them here. My point in saying what I did was that Britain had lost its Christian vision, which would have provided the resources to offer hospitality to others.’
It is the absence of a Christian vision which has led to ‘multiculturalism’ which has had disastrous consequences and led to segregation and extremism. It is the Christian faith which must remain pre-eminent on these islands, for it is tolerant of others’ freedom of conscience and freedom to worship. And the more the Wahhabi interpretation becomes the predominant expression of Islam in the UK, the more likely it is that the future shall be marked by divided communities and civil unrest.
But Cranmer shall not mention ‘rivers of blood’, for those words are subject to censorship, and God forbid that insightful examples from history or classical philosophy or Christian theology should begin to permeate postmodern religio-political discourse…