Sunday, February 10, 2008

Some good from the Archbishop’s words?

Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, recently expounded in a prepared address and in remarks on BBC Radio 4 as to how Muslim sharia law and British law could both function simultaneously in the UK. You’ll find some of his remarks and a link to the full text of his address in this post which I ended with:

The only good I can see coming from Williams' proposals and remarks is if they serve to alert people to just how willing many leaders in the West are to toss away the foundations of our civilization and liberties.
Today in a NY Post op-ed Hudson Institute senior fellow John O’Sullivan picks up where I left off:
…The archbishop's use of the word "unavoidable" was significant: It reflects not just his mindset but that of British ministers and the country's wider multicultural establishment - who would like to protect rights such as gender equality in law but positively shrink from any conflict with ethno-cultural groups that oppose and threaten them.

If that mindset prevails, then sharia - women's second-class status and all - will indeed be unavoidable.

But when the previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey; the Anglican convert from Islam, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali of Rochester; the Oxford Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan; and the Muslim Member of Parliament Shahid Ali all reject this inevitability, saying (in the words of Shahid Ali), "If there are people who want sharia law, there are always countries where they could go and live," then the battle is not yet lost. …
The entire op-ed is here.

A big hat tip to Member of Parliament Shahid Ali: "If there are people who want sharia law, there are always countries where they could go and live."

I hope Williams’ words inspire a tough and sustained pushback against multi-culti relativism.

But none of us who value Western civilization and our common law liberties should rest easy.

The forces against us are relentless and powerful.