Derek Draper ‘is now a practising Christian’
And so he has no need to repent.
The Guardian asked him ‘whether God went Awol when he was online’. His response was: "God doesn't disappear ... my connection to God disappeared the moment I received an email contemplating smearing people and I didn't say no."
So he does have need to repent.
Far be it from Cranmer to judge, but there is something... well, a little convenient about this conversion: it appears to be not so much an ineffable and transcendent experience along the road to Damascus as a distinctly effable and elementary awareness in the cul-de-sac of Derek Draper’s mind.
There is more than a whiff of sulphur surrounding the likes of Peter Mandelson, Damian McBride and Derek Draper. None is of sufficient intellectual stature to be in league with Satan (well, perhaps Lord Mandelson may be), but all would be cognizant of the prince of the power of the air who controls much of the media. One is left wondering about the nature of this god which Mr Draper has found. Is it the one which Tony Blair also now professes; one who accommodatingly blots out sin while conveniently embracing Mammon and bending his orthodoxy to conform to the doctrine of New Labour?
Scripture warns us that wolves masquerade as sheep. It instructs us that we may know believers by their fruits (Mt 7:16), for grapes are not harvested from thorns any more than figs are from thistles.
So perhaps Mr Draper might pay His Grace a visit, and tell his readers and communicants:
1) Are you a real psychotherapist?
2) Did you in any way falsify or misrepresent your qualifications?
3) If you did not intend ever to do anything with ‘those emails’, why did you set up ‘Red Rag’?
4) Why would ‘those emails’ fall into your inbox out of the blue?
5) Who is ‘Ollie Cromwell’, the name to which the domain ‘Red Rag’ is registered, apparently in breach of Nominet’s terms and conditions?
A few truthful answers, please, Mr Draper. For that is the Christian way.
And Cranmer is sincerely delighted that you have found God. At least now you can be certain that someone listens to you.