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Thursday, February 07, 2008

"Who will rid me of this troublesome priest?" says Prime Minister

Gordon Brown doesn't mix religion with politics, only to say that his father gave him good instruction. Some of which has fallen into the short term memory loss department of late. New Labour doesn't do God. Just Labour, as Gordon Brown is now reverting to, muses on God, but keeps the subject under wraps. Equally, the Tories, who used to be the C of E at prayer, and the Liberals, who were quietly dissenting, are uneasy talking about such things.

Enter then the Archbishop of Canterbury suggesting that Sharia Law might not be far off in England's green and pleasant land. Interestingly, like the Pope's recent message in Germany that was blown apart, the Archbishop is only offering a debate. But the politicians get all huffy and puffy. It seems that the chattering classes have downed too much and come out spluttering.

This is not about turning England into some kind of Saudi cesspit of censorship and cruelty. It is about the possibility of allowing, in a small way, Sharia law for civil matters. Orthodox Jewish courts already exist. I can't see that it is going to make much difference. Those that would want it are not exactly "integrated" already, because the very chattering classes who supposed they knew what was best for the immigrant communities never cared much for them anyway.

Personally, I don't think it necessary, but I won't get worked up about it. Far more pressing stuff like being fobbed off without an EU referendum. Now that would be a turn up for the books if those devious bureaucrats slipped Shariah law in somewhere!

And just to show that the Tory Party has changed, Mark Pritchard MP says, "He (the Archbishop) should be concentrating on winning souls into the Church of England rather than getting involved in politics." Sorry Mark, but we have an Established Church. He is involved in politics!


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