Saturday, July 06, 2013

Quoted by Rod Liddle in The Spectator: His Grace has finally arrived


In a recent article on Channel 4's decision to broadcast the adhān - the Islamic call to prayer - His Grace wrote:
Broadcasting the adhān is a profoundly religio-political act; it is akin to broadcasting the Lord’s Prayer three or five times a day, or proclaiming the inviolable truth of the Trinity and the Lordship of Christ, or intoning John 1:1-5. And yet even these do not have the temporal political significance of ‘Jesus is Lord and the Pope is his Vice-Regent on earth’. Or, if you prefer, ‘Jesus is Lord and Her Majesty the Queen is the only Supreme Governor on earth of the Church in England and the English Crown shall enjoy all honours, dignities, preeminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities, immunities, profits, and commodities to the said dignity.’
In this week's Spectator, Rod Liddle pens an article (£) - 'So, can we expect Channel 4 to broadcast a CofE call to prayer?', in which he writes:
And then there is the wording of the Adhan. I wonder if you can imagine, in your most psychotropically enhanced dreams, Channel 4 conceding to broadcast, every morning for a month, the following: ‘Jesus is Lord and Her Majesty the Queen is the only Supreme Governor on earth of the Church in England and the English Crown shall enjoy all honours, dignities, pre-eminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities, immunities, profits, and commodities to the said dignity.’ That, I am told, would be a reasonable Christian equivalent of the Adhan. Perhaps they could do that every Easter?
To be frank, His Grace is a bit miffed that this manifest quotation was not attributed to him. Mr Liddle could easily have said: 'That, I am told by the distinguished, eloquent and erudite Archbishop Cranmer, would be a reasonable Christian equivalent of the Adhan."

Still, this is the Speccie.

And it is Rod Liddle.

His Grace ought to be grateful that his words rise to such sanctified heights.

21 Comments:

Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

You’ve be plaged...plagered....plageded...plargg

You been copied !!!

6 July 2013 at 10:53  
Blogger Albert said...

Congratulations - I think the original point you made was a good one, and it is good to see the point being given a wider audience. Of course, the key thing is that your proclamation is actually part of the constitution. C4 would rather not think about that.

6 July 2013 at 12:23  
Blogger Nick said...

YG, this is very pleasing news. While I am sorry you were not mentioned by name, I think it is good that somebody in the mainstream media is picking up on this issue, and highlighting the naivety and hypocrisy of Channel 4's actions.

One wonders whether C4, along with the BBC, base their religious broadcasting on what they read in Wikipedia, instead of researching the subject properly.

6 July 2013 at 12:58  
Blogger Preacher said...

Congratulations Dr Cranmer.
WE all know that he saw it here first.

6 July 2013 at 12:59  
Blogger Martin said...

I didn't think the BBC used something as authoritative as Wikipedia as its source.

6 July 2013 at 13:26  
Blogger Naomi King said...


How splendid Your Grace.

I am still sorry you were so hard on Tony Miano on July 4th but well done on this news.

6 July 2013 at 13:32  
Blogger Peter D said...

Archbishop

My dad told me years ago that it is remarkable how much one will achieve in life if one lets other people take the credit for one's ideas and actions.

Rest easy knowing your worthy contribution has been spread beyond the confines of this august blog.

6 July 2013 at 14:52  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

On C4: I see they are doing a programme or series on Ramadan in Britain too.

On Liddle: Bizarrely, he went to the London School of Economics you know.

6 July 2013 at 17:19  
Blogger non mouse said...

Oh, the Speccie, Your Grace! Once more then, they confirm their contempt for their much depleted readership!

Which fact, of course, highlights Your Grace's Caritas in pointing more readers in their direction ... if only for the moment. Perhaps some of us can thus re-direct other readers to your own august and erudite website :)



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6 July 2013 at 20:51  
Blogger IanCad said...

Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

6 July 2013 at 22:22  
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7 July 2013 at 01:12  
Blogger Flossie said...

I mistakenly read this headline as 'Outed by Rod Liddle' and was much too surprised to comment. I think I might need new specs.

7 July 2013 at 06:59  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

Actually, NONE of it ahould be on public broadcast.
Religion (or non-religion) is a PRIVATE matter.
If religion is to be on public broadcast, it should be in the form of debate, not of propaganda, either pro or anti, of any sort.

7 July 2013 at 09:02  
Blogger Roy said...

G. Tingey said...

Actually, NONE of it ahould be on public broadcast.
Religion (or non-religion) is a PRIVATE matter.


No, it is not an entirely private matter. Most of the great events of both the Old and New Testaments took place in public. Probably no religion would exist if it were an entirely private matter, but that, of course, is what you want.

7 July 2013 at 09:45  
Blogger Nick said...

Hi G Tingey

"Actually, NONE of it should be on public broadcast.
Religion (or non-religion) is a PRIVATE matter.."

Isn't the "non-religion" bit going to include just about everything else on television? Not that I would personally miss much of it if it were to be removed.

I would be happier just to see some kind of balance. I would like to see proper debate, as you say, on all the current issues and from both religious and secular perspectives, without any PC-motivated editing from the programme makers. I think the correct term is "free speech"

You say that all these things are private matters, but the influence of secularism is anything but private. It dominates all our lives, often with legal consequences if we don't adhere to its diktats. Unfortunately, the media always propagandises the secular view.

7 July 2013 at 09:46  
Blogger Mr. Mcgranor said...

Broadcast that call to prayer and find again a past buried under the Protestant dead. In Christ name may Western postmodern dying Protestant societies either admit that they have done to themselves a great transgression. It is you, Church of England that must stand against the postmodern and socialist dismantling that has destroyed other Protestant States... Yet you stand, even though you yourself are culprit.

10 July 2013 at 04:01  

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