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Rowan Williams Condemns 'Frightening' Coalition [Attacks Conservative Policies]
Telegraph(UK) ^ | June 08, 2011

Posted on 06/08/2011 6:49:03 PM PDT by Steelfish

Rowan Williams Condemns 'Frightening' Coalition Dr Rowan Williams will launch a sustained attack on the Coalition in the most outspoken political intervention by an Archbishop of Canterbury for a generation.

The comments represent Dr Williams's most direct intervention in politics since he became Archbishop of Canterbury By Tim Ross 08 Jun 2011

He warns that the public is gripped by “fear” over the Government’s reforms to education, the NHS and the benefits system and accuses David Cameron and Nick Clegg of forcing through “radical policies for which no one voted”.

Openly questioning the democratic legitimacy of the Coalition, the Archbishop dismisses the Prime Minister’s “Big Society” as a “painfully stale” slogan, and claims that it is “not enough” for ministers to blame Britain’s economic and social problems on the last Labour government.

The comments come in an article he has written as guest editor of this week’s New Statesman magazine. His two-page critique, titled “The government needs to know how afraid people are”, is the most forthright political criticism by such a senior cleric since Robert Runcie enraged Margaret Thatcher with a series of attacks in the 1980s.

Lambeth Palace is braced for an angry response but Dr Williams, who became Archbishop of Canterbury nine years ago, is understood to believe that the moment is right for him to enter the political debate.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: rowanwilliams

1 posted on 06/08/2011 6:49:09 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Is this the cleric who wanted to include Islamic prayers in the Church of England?


2 posted on 06/08/2011 6:52:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Yup!


3 posted on 06/08/2011 6:56:45 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Steelfish

From 2008: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7232661.stm

“Sharia law in UK is ‘unavoidable’ The Archbishop of Canterbury says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable”.
Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4’s World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system. Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.”


4 posted on 06/08/2011 7:01:49 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: Steelfish

Williams is a complete embarrassment to Britain. Not that we don’t have more than our fair share of idiots.

But this clown is a real gem.


5 posted on 06/08/2011 7:02:51 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: Steelfish

Naturally, this statist functionary was never elected to any public position, so why doesent he shut his pompous mouth? For example.


6 posted on 06/08/2011 7:04:03 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Steelfish

Time for His Grace to retire and return to academia.


7 posted on 06/08/2011 7:04:39 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Steelfish

maybe, just maybe, the leader of the church should take the LEAD in addressing all this “fear” amongst the populace. Dr. Williams seems like a nice enough fellow, but he’s a walking leftist cliche; a man so open-minded that his brain has fallen out.


8 posted on 06/08/2011 7:06:01 PM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: Huber

Anglican ping


9 posted on 06/08/2011 7:06:27 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Steelfish

If Rowan Williams is against it, it’s probably a good thing.


10 posted on 06/08/2011 7:08:48 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Psycho_Bunny

“Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?”


11 posted on 06/08/2011 7:09:56 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: BenLurkin

Also a Druid - wotta guy


12 posted on 06/08/2011 7:13:28 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Steelfish

Well, I wonder how King Henry the 8th would have responded to an attack like this.


13 posted on 06/08/2011 7:15:46 PM PDT by Jim 726
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To: BenLurkin
He's big on syncretism, being a druid priest in addition to being an anglican archbishop. Advocate for Sharia law and secret communions for homosexual priests and priestesses also documented specialties.
14 posted on 06/08/2011 7:15:54 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: cdcdawg
Williams is not a nice fellow. He is pusillanimous and dithers incessantly but once he decides to do something he'll stab you in the back as soon as look at you.
15 posted on 06/08/2011 7:22:24 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Steelfish

It would be a miracle for the Archbishop of Canterbury to ever have a conservative thought under his tall hat. He is painfully predictable in siding with anything that promotes cradle-to-grave Socialism, even though Britain is broke.


16 posted on 06/08/2011 7:34:59 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Steelfish

Methinks it is time for a little disestablishmentarianism.


17 posted on 06/08/2011 7:56:13 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Steelfish

Methinks it is time for a little disestablishmentarianism.


18 posted on 06/08/2011 7:56:29 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: cdcdawg
a man so open-minded that his brain has fallen out.

Prior to that, he had a mind like a steel trap, that had rusted shut.

He also validates my favorite saying, "the shallower the brook, the louder it babbles."

19 posted on 06/08/2011 8:03:35 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: Nonstatist

Ahhh, but this statist functionary gets his salary from a statist religion, you see.


20 posted on 06/09/2011 3:51:18 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

But his church pews are practically empty. Kind of ironic, eh?


21 posted on 06/09/2011 1:36:52 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Nonstatist

Unfortunately, he’s preaching to the already converted.


22 posted on 06/09/2011 3:17:33 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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