26 May 2008

An Anglican Bishop Says Something Controversial That Does Not Concern Homosexuality.

Instead, the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali, touches the other third rail - Islam. Grabs it with both hands, actually:

The Church of England was accused by one of its most senior bishops yesterday of failing in its duty to convert British Muslims to Christianity.

The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, said Church leaders had rightly shown sensitivity towards Muslims as part of efforts to welcome minority faiths.

But he said: ‘I think it may have gone too far and what we need now is to recover our nerve.’

Dr Nazir-Ali, who faced death threats earlier this year after saying that some parts of the country had become ‘no-go areas’ for non-Muslims, said that it was important for faiths to talk to one another without diluting their core beliefs.

‘Our nation is rooted in the Christian faith, and that is the basis for welcoming people of other faiths,’ he said. ‘You cannot have an honest conversation on the basis of fudge.’

‘You cannot have an honest conversation on the basis of fudge.’ Which means that any 'conversation' entered into by the The Episcopal Church's (tm) House of Bishops is pretty much dishonest. Like that is a surprise anymore.

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