Saturday, March 01, 2008

Cranmer’s Pulpit No. X

The shortest month of the year has been a record month for Cranmer, registering 25,771 unique visitors to his world-renowned blog of intelligent erudite comment upon matters religio-political, which increasingly appears to embrace all things religious or political. This month included a record day (8th February with 2109 unique visitors) thanks to the Shari’a insights of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. For the statistically minded, February's figures represent a colossal 29% increase on January, and establish 6 months of continuous growth.

Reuters once again used a number of His Grace’s post, broadcasting them across the world, including those on the EU’s ‘Enabling Act’, the faith of President Sarkozy, Holocaust Memorial Day, and The Madness of Prince Charles. These have been viewed 159,513 times on the Reuters website, thus disseminating His Grace's insights further and wider.

Iain Dale’s Diary and ConservativeHome continue to be Cranmer’s top referrers, each referring in excess of 6000 people.

And the strangest Google search question was an enquiry into the location of gay saunas in Turkey. Not that His Grace can recall ever writing any such post.

In celebration of his record statistics, and in perpetual commemoration of the spiritual liberation afforded by his own pulpit experience with the Provost of Eton, Dr Henry Cole, 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.


Anonymous oiznop said...

Congratulations Your Grace on very impressive stat porn. It's good that your spiritual and theological insights are being so widely read.

I have an issue -
Conservative MEPs seem overwelmingly in favour of Turkey joining the EU:

But one observes the concerns:

Demographics: Turkey would on present trends be more populous than Germany by 2020, and would have the greatest voting strength in the EU, and thus alter the EU’s character.

It is not really European. Its capital is not in Europe and 95% of its population live outside Europe

Its human rights record

Culturally, it is very different from secular Europe. Interestingly Mr Leigh quotes Col Gaddafi as once claiming “Turkey will be an Islamic Trojan Horse inside the European Union if it is allowed to join the bloc, to the advantage of Al Qaeda terror chief Osama Bin Laden and other extremists”.

Where do you stand on this?

1 March 2008 at 10:50  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Where do you stand on this?

His Grace no longer stands.

A more apposite question for the cremated would be:

"Where are your ashes scattered on this?"

In any case, Mr Oiznop, His Grace has written much on this subject, and if you were not so lazy you might have googled the matter before enquiring unnecessarily of His Grace who is exceedingly busy.

1 March 2008 at 11:04  
Anonymous Mike H said...

Congratulations, Your Grace.

"...and establish 6 months of continuous growth".

Take care, or Your Grace will start to sound like a government minister.

1 March 2008 at 11:40  
Anonymous Terry said...

Cranmer, I am not sure Mr Oiznop will be much encouraged by the tone of your reply which seems a little harsh towards him....

1 March 2008 at 17:39  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Terry,

Whilst His Grace may have been a little curt, he has had something of a stressful week with hundreds of abusive emails as a result of a campaign of slander against him.

He apologises to Mr Oiznop, and, in answer to his specific question, His Grace does not really want Turkey in the EU at the moment, but would rather prefer the UK to be out in any case, thus rendering his opinion on the matter (and that of Brits) somewhat superfluous.

1 March 2008 at 18:36  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Your Grace
I am sorry to hear that you have had hundreds of abusive emails. I am intrigued. What do they say? Perhaps you can write a post about this one day. I cannot imagine why anyone would want to be abusive towards you. Your popularity is well deserved. You never cease to make me laugh.

1 March 2008 at 19:38  
Anonymous mickey said...

I hope his Grace has not fallen foul of the ubiquitous "Internet Megaphone", if so they're probably after poor Mr Nedsherry. They seek him here, they seek him there ...

1 March 2008 at 19:47  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

No, I expect Cranmer has been targeted by the Religion of Peace.

1 March 2008 at 20:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not surprised. I have only started coming here for the last month myself.

Cramer may be one of the most fat headed bloggers on the planet. But he is the only one that can claim to have the brains to fill it with.

The smartest kid in class and the most worthwhile tasting cookie in the cookie jar by far. He makes all of the rest seem like they should be sitting in the corner with a big pointed hat on their heads.

He who is not at all worthy tips his hat.

ATLAS shrugged.

1 March 2008 at 20:12  
Anonymous Brother Jonathan said...

There are, it seems to me, three political styles in Britain: A. Whinging. B. Criticizing. C. Retreating.

The whingers complain all day long about Britain's escalating problems. The criticizers complain all day long about the solutions that the whingers propose. The retreaters run to the exits at the first mention of politics.

Meanwhile the politicians march forward with their amateurish utopianism unopposed. Britain is land where the daft rule over the timid.

1 March 2008 at 21:04  
Anonymous Terry said...

Cranmer, you have a superb site, and respect is duly earned by your apology. Be encouraged; you must be doing something right to get criticised!

1 March 2008 at 23:37  
Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said...

Mazeltov on your progress.

2 March 2008 at 02:21  
Blogger David-Barfield said...

It is sad that you have been bullied by those who oppose your views. Bullying by the left-wing ascendancy in the media has been a feature of the last decade and whole areas of political debate , most notably immigration until recently, have been closed down. Right wing blogs have escaped the enforcers of the sole voice of correctness.
There are signs that these anti-democratic tactics are now being deployed more forcibly on the Internet.
In his post of Saturday, February
23rd, Donal Blaney described, on his blogsite, how a flood of abusive negative comment was making blogging very tedious

Of those who wrote this offensive comment Donal Blaney said "Such is their intellectual insecurity that they will not engage in honest debate and instead they resort to infantile abuse in an attempt to stifle debate. I cannot help but wonder whether these people would not prefer to live in a police state where only certain views (theirs) are allowed to be held because the venom and vitriol that flows when you dare to stand up to them is quite astonishing. It says a hell of a lot about them and their upbringing.

All too often those of us who dare to have a differing worldview will allow themselves to be bullied into submission for fear of being labelled as a racist, homophobic fascist (even David Cameron)."

His Grace needs to be shielded from this assault- possibly by some kind of secretarial antechamber - to afford him the calm to compose his contemplative writings.

3 March 2008 at 20:28  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

His Grace never said who was bullying him.

3 March 2008 at 22:04  
Blogger botogol said...

Your Grace might like to cast his eye on this conundrum.

If we're going to have government funded faith schools at all (which I wouldn't but that's another question) then I suppose we'd all agree that it's logical for a faith school to discriminate amongst applicants on grounds of, um, faith.

But is it OK for the faith school to ALSO discriminate on the grounds of race or ancestry?

"No" I hear you all cry (or you would if you were paying attention).

Ah, but what if the faith itself is discriminatory. Does faith trump anti-racism?

Here's the story. The Jewish Free School discriminates in favour of children with Jewish-born mothers (of course no-one is born with a religion, so in practice this means children with Jewish maternal-grandmothers) over those without..

Naturally they are being taklen to court by those families who have thus been deemed insufficiently Jewish.

Linky Thing

4 March 2008 at 10:04  

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