Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Cranmer has received a rather nasty and spiteful email replete with all manner of irrational criticism, inaccurate assertions and absurd generalisations, but the obnoxious author suggests that His Grace ought to give up blogging for Lent.

This is actually quite tempting, and so Cranmer shall seek the mind of the Lord on the matter, and hear the corporate wisdom of his communicants...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tempting? To give up something for Lent? Not sure that's quite the point...

6 February 2008 at 16:51  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

Cranmer has received a rather nasty and spiteful email replete with all manner of irrational criticism, inaccurate assertions and absurd generalisations, but the obnoxious author suggests that His Grace ought to give up blogging for Lent.

Religion and rancour go together like New Labour and dishonesty.

This is actually quite tempting, and so Cranmer shall seek the mind of the Lord on the matter, and hear the corporate wisdom of his communicants...

Absence does make the heart grow fonder.

6 February 2008 at 17:23  
Anonymous mary tudor said...

Perhaps My Majesty should stop commenting for Lent but suspects that your Hereticalness might just enjoy that far too much and that's not quite the point either...

Maybe think of My Majesty as some sort of intermittent penitential rite :D

6 February 2008 at 17:37  
Blogger AethelBald, King of Wessex said...

Me and my virtual squeeze, Her Maximum Royalness, would miss you. What would we do? Watch Coronation Street? Please, say it isn't so!

Or maybe we could team as your Locum.

6 February 2008 at 17:43  
Anonymous oiznop said...

I'm rather inclined to agree with Anon @16.51.

If ceasing blogging brings respite to His Grace, that would not be appropriate. So, on the contrary, you ought to blog twice a day during lent, so from your additional sacrifice the world would have more of your wise words.

6 February 2008 at 17:52  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Your Grace
It is just like you to decide to do something that was suggested to you by someone so vile.

And while normally your eccentricity makes me smile, I am pained by this most recent suggestion.

I take great joy in reading your posts and would quite honestly feel sadness at being without them.

However, I am not sure I understand Anon's view that this isn't the point. Giving up what one loves for a time instills great discipline. So the more moral side of me wants to encourage you in this endeavour both for the sake of your own self-discipline and for the sake of mine.

But I'm afraid my more selfish side wins out in this case. Give something else up. I promise I will too?

6 February 2008 at 19:25  
Blogger Dean McConnell said...

I think your Grace would be forgoing duty rather than pleasure. Please keep blogging unless clearly lead otherwise by the Holy Spirit, conscience and Scripture.

6 February 2008 at 19:26  
Blogger The Black Fingernail said...


Thou shalt not blog?

That's not in my Bible!

Please continue Cranmer. Your blog is food for the soul and it forms part of my morning quiet time.

6 February 2008 at 19:32  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

yes your grace a rather curious aspect of the internet era is that it is always on , when lent is about trying to turn some things off .

one wonders how the world existed before it, it has the power to erase the where the mind is now .

prayers go to heaven , blog posts go to a server , digtal holiness may not be attainable !!

6 February 2008 at 19:35  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

If you do find the mind of the Lord would you be so kind as to let me have the location?

And nasty and spiteful e-mails should be regarded as an earthly penance - amongst so many other things.

6 February 2008 at 19:51  
Blogger Dr.D said...

Perhaps you should consider limiting your blogs during Lent to strictly spiritual topics. This sort of Lenten discipline might be good, both for you and your readers. We do need to leave the political world behind for a time.

6 February 2008 at 20:06  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Dr D - all of Cranmer's posts are 'spiritual topics'. I think the joy of this blog is that it relates the 'secular' to the 'spritual' establishing that the whole earth is the Lord's even when men think otherwise.

6 February 2008 at 20:52  
OpenID yokel said...

Just as an attack on the day of Yom Kippur did not catch the Israeli Army with its guard down, so we should not let our guard down now. We are in troubled times, and attacks like this are just part of the enemy trying to soften us up. Please continue.

6 February 2008 at 20:56  
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6 February 2008 at 21:10  
Anonymous Nothos said...

Ah yes, the anonymous abuse. Surely the sign that His Grace is doing a smashing job.

Your Grace,
Religio-political matters never stop. Indeed, at this time they will no doubt be ever more important and if not you then who will take up the task?

6 February 2008 at 21:40  
Anonymous najistani said...

THE LORD is my blogger; I shall not want.
He maketh me to sit down by my PC; he leadeth me beside the scrolled blogroll.
He restoreth my sanity: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for the truth's sake.
Yea, though I surf through the Grauniad website, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; the links from my blog they comfort me.
Thou preparest a webpage before me in the presence of government propagandists: thou packest my cache with files; my hard disk runneth over.
Surely updates and comments shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the blogosphere of the LORD for ever.

6 February 2008 at 22:02  
Blogger Eddie said...

I know a few people who have taken a 'blogging fast' but generally from more elevated reasoning than the word of an anonymous emailer. I'm tempted to stop blogging when an interest in my technorati rankings or the number of links becomes greater than my concern for my devotional life. If you've got good reasons (and that is between you and your Lord), stop blogging. Otherwise, keep at it.

6 February 2008 at 22:53  
Anonymous najistani said...


nce religion is divinely ordained, it follows that any real or imputed questioning, criticising or transgressing will lead to blasphemy, apostasy or some form of ‘corruption’. Of course it doesn’t matter so much if you live in a place where religion is to a large extent a private matter. But if you don’t, then a lot of things become ‘crimes’ punishable by death.

One of many examples is the outrageous death sentence imposed by an Islamic court in Afghanistan on Parwiz Kambakhsh, the 23 year old journalist and student, for downloading and distributing an article criticising women’s status under Islam.

Many have rightly come to his defence and must keep the pressure on. But to defend Parwiz by saying he did not ‘intend’ to blaspheme misses the entire point.

This is exactly what the likes of the Muslim Council of Britain say in order to conceal the responsibility of their political Islamic movement. For example, the MCB ‘greeted’ the release of Gillian Gibbons (the British schoolteacher who was imprisoned in Sudan for allowing her 7 year old students to name their class teddy bear Mohammad) by saying she had not ‘intended to deliberately insult the Islamic faith.’

What they are basically saying is that victims and their ‘intentions’ are to blame for the injustices and barbarity of Islamic law.

Moreover, they are implying that if someone knew they were blaspheming, or if their actions or statements were so clearly blasphemous that they should have known better, then the death penalty or calls for their death are permissible - or at the very least understandable.

The smokescreen of ‘intent’ aims to conceal the real issue at hand, which is Islam in power, so their movement can go about its business as usual - often aided and abetted by US-led militarism. So it can continue to hold millions of resisting people hostage to medievalism enshrined in constitutions and legal codes and enforced by religious and morality police, the militia, Sharia courts and the state.

Any life saved is despite Islamic law and because of a vast left, secular and humanist opposition movement in the Middle East and elsewhere, which refuses to kneel.

Clearly, when religion equals power, millions have no freedoms or rights worthy of 21 century humanity.

And until it is pushed back, our loved ones - like Parwiz, or the two sisters, Zohreh and Azar, who have hours ago been convicted of death by stoning by the Islamic supreme court in Iran for ‘adultery’ - will face a torturous death.

But not if we can help it.

Join a demonstration to demand the freedom of Parwiz Kambakhsh on Friday, February 8, 2008, 12.00 to 2.00 pm at the Afghanistan Embassy, 31 Princes Gate, London, SW7 organised by the Iranian Secular Society and endorsed by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. You can also send letters of protest to Afghan officials by going to:

To defend Zohreh and Azar and oppose stoning and the death penalty, go to:

6 February 2008 at 23:21  
Anonymous the well brought up mary tudor said...

anonymous said...

all sorts of rude stuff

young man - there is no excuse for bad manners - a quick burning at the stake - no problemo - bad manners - no no no no no....

trust this clarifies matters...

kissies to AethelPoppet btw :D

6 February 2008 at 23:22  
Anonymous najistani said...

OOOPS! I somehow cut a sentence out of the comment above. Please insert...

"Here's an excellent article by the courageous Maryam Namazie on why it is our inalienable right to insult, satirize and ridicule Islam, with its perverted prophet, its brothel-keeper-in-the-sky bogeyman moon-god, and its billion brain-dead stone-age memoid followers, as much as we like.

We should set numerous precedents by exercising this right as often and as vigorously as possible. USE IT OR LOSE IT! The thought-police would love to gag us.



6 February 2008 at 23:26  
Anonymous Terry said...

Keep going Mr C - we who stand for what's right need to encourage each other when we might get disheartened or intimidated, upset etc - yours is an excellent blog with some good Christian opinions

6 February 2008 at 23:28  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

As a communicant from across the Tiber, I would sorely miss your blogs. I have determined to give up some things for Lent, but not your blogs which provide sanity in this troubled world.

6 February 2008 at 23:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting that this story has vanished from the mainstream, glad to see someone has an opinion on it.

Is Government cowardice complicit in Honour killings?

A report released by the Centre for Social Cohesion calls into question the attitudes of Government and the Police towards the practice of Honour killing, the name given to the often brutal and barbaric practice of murdering ones off-spring in order to prevent perceived shame on the family.

The full report details horrific examples of sadistic and brutal killings of predominantly young women by family members, however, it also illustrates that in some cases local elected officials, government workers and even Police Officers have colluded or attempted to support those family members aggrieved in the belief that they have been wronged by a sibling or relative.

A director of a women’s support group in the North of England, says some translators working for social services have deliberately blocked government attempts to help South Asian women who are fleeing violence and abuse. “We have also had translators who would lie to the social services when women go to seek help. The translators would not reveal the extent of the story, and try to play down the extent that honour had to play in the problem to try and portray a positive image of the community.”

Another added in the report “We have a lot of pressure from the local councillors in Bradford; they are the bad ones, because they abuse their power by trying to get details on who is staying with us and what they are doing. They give us a hard time, till we have to complain to the police and they back off. They are dominant males who are trying to bully us".

In other instances, women have been tracked down through family members working in Job Centres accessing their National Insurance (NI) data which indicate where they are collecting their benefits. The Asha Project in Streatham recorded one case when an 18-year old woman was almost abducted from a Job Centre as she went to sign-on after her relatives accessed confidential National Insurance information. A director of the Asha Project in South London says: “She went to sign on, and the family was there, and abducted her. Luckily her boyfriend was there and immediately alerted the police.”

Another support worker reported a case where they moved a girl from eight refuges and still her husband found her – even though she had changed her identity. He found her through her National Insurance number. There are people in the council and in government offices who help communities find girls who have gone missing. Leaking confidential information from state organisations is quite common.”Another worker reported “In one case we moved a girl 16 times and always the husband found her. Sometimes we think it happens because they can pay people working in a council or in a bank for information”.

Several women’s groups, particularly in the Midlands and northern England, say they are often reluctant to go to the police with women who have ran away to escape violence because they cannot trust Asian police officers. Zalikha Ahmed, director of the Apna Haq refuge, says:“We have to be careful with them especially the Asian ones. We don’t visit the station when certain Asian officers are on because some of them are perpetrators, and one of them on record said that he would not arrest someone who used force on his wife. Some of them would just expose us for what we do.”

Another worker in a women’s group in the North, who requested anonymity for safety reasons, said: “We had instances when a [Asian] chief inspector offered his help to a family by tracking a girl down – we were appalled.” According to some women’s groups such problems appear to be practically common in the West Midlands police force. Shahien Taj, director of the Henna Foundation, a women’s group in Cardiff, says:

“There have been cases of runaways and women being re-housed where members of the police department have passed on their information to the Asian community network which then tracked down the women. This can also be applied to community leaders and councillors. “Recently I had a case in Birmingham where a woman was dumped outside a shop at seven pm with her three children. I made calls to a community leader asking for help and he said it was the wrong time of the week and day [Sunday]. A police officer said ‘why don’t you let me deal with the case?’ and the woman said she can’t trust the police – because nine times she had run away and nine times the police just returned her to her family where she got abused. On all these occasions the police told the husband where she was, and sent her back”.

There is no honour to be saved by the murder of a sibling or relative, and when brave women (and men) work tirelessly to support women in cases such as these it would be cowardly to ignore such issues for fear of causing offence or to ensure the continued electoral support of a particular community.


7 February 2008 at 01:16  
Anonymous Will said...

Your Grace,

I do not see how the interests of your spiritual development are served by giving in to the wishes of such as the anonymous person who wrote you that email. It seems to me that continuing to write, in opposition to all who would seek to stifle the Truth, would be far better for your Lent--and ours.


7 February 2008 at 05:03  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Blessings and thanks to you all.

His Grace has sought the mind of the Lord, and heeds the fervent wishes of his communicants, and shall continue to blog during Lent.

He be abstaining from Brussels sprouts instead.

7 February 2008 at 06:23  
Blogger Rockfall said...

Of the small, green, bitter kind or the small, green, bitter and federalist kind?

7 February 2008 at 07:54  
Anonymous sniper said...

Your Grace,

Counsel the naysayer to "go forth and multiply" or words to that efect.

7 February 2008 at 11:38  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

Did you actually publish the message so that we could read it and have a go at the writer? If so, I must have missed it. Or was it simply too unpleasant to broadcast?

7 February 2008 at 14:23  
Anonymous Alfred of Wessex said...

While pleased to read that His Grace is to continue to blog during Lent, perhaps giving up reading blogs might be beneficial to some of his communicants, myself included.

7 February 2008 at 18:07  

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