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Hitchens tells the Archbishop of Canterbury to go to hell

Christopher HitchensThe Archbishop of Canterbury recently suggested that having Sharia or Muslim law in the UK was ‘Unavoidable’. Christopher Hitchens, who is one of the most eloquent, thoughtful and principled writers out there weighed in on the subject. Suffice it to say the fellow Brit was not amused with the prospect of a joint judicial system in Britain…

Picture the life of a young Urdu-speaking woman brought to Yorkshire from Pakistan to marry a man—quite possibly a close cousin—whom she has never met. He takes her dowry, beats her, and abuses the children he forces her to bear. She is not allowed to leave the house unless in the company of a male relative and unless she is submissively covered from head to toe. Suppose that she is able to contact one of the few support groups that now exist for the many women in Britain who share her plight. What she ought to be able to say is, “I need the police, and I need the law to be enforced.” But what she will often be told is, “Your problem is better handled within the community.” And those words, almost a death sentence, have now been endorsed and underwritten—and even advocated—by the country’s official spiritual authority.

You might argue that I am describing an extreme case (though, alas, now not an uncommon one), but it is the principle of equality before the law that really counts. And just look at how casually this sheep-faced English cleric throws away the work of centuries of civilization:

[A]n approach to law which simply said “there’s one law for everybody and that’s all there is to be said, and anything else that commands your loyalty or allegiance is completely irrelevant in the processes of the courts”—I think that’s a bit of a danger.

In the midst of this dismal verbiage and euphemism, the plain statement—“There’s one law for everybody and that’s all there is to be said”—still stands out like a diamond in a dunghill. It stands out precisely because it is said simply, and because its essential grandeur is intelligible to everybody.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury is now facing demands to quit as the uproar over his comments has intensified.

Lord George Carey, Dr Williams’ predecessor, criticised his comments on sharia law and said that accepting the Islamic code would be a disaster for Britain.

Other leading bishops publicly contradicted Dr Rowan Williams’s call for Islamic law to be brought into the British legal system.

With the Church of England plunged into crisis, senior figures were said to be discussing the archbishop’s future.

One member of the church’s “Cabinet”, the Archbishop’s Council, was reported as saying: “There have been a lot of calls for him to resign. I don’t suppose he will take any notice, but, yes, he should resign.”

It was said that he could not believe the fury of the reaction. The most damaging attack came from the Pakistan-born Bishop of Rochester, the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali.

He said it would be “simply impossible” to bring sharia law into British law “without fundamentally affecting its integrity”.

Sharia “would be in tension with the English legal tradition on questions like monogamy, provisions for divorce, the rights of women, custody of children, laws of inheritance and of evidence.

“This is not to mention the relation of freedom of belief and of expression to provisions for blasphemy and apostasy.”

Hitchens is decidedly on the left and a devout atheist but has such integrity that his internal compass steers beyond ideology, and just listening to his prose makes me feel like a total retard. I recommend listening to anything this guy has to say, you’d learn a lot and he’s got a very good sense of humor.

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One Response to “Hitchens tells the Archbishop of Canterbury to go to hell”

  1. An interesting website, except for the oh-so-hurtful title.

    Please, won’t you consider joining the “stop the r word” campaign?


    Catherine Townsend on 22 Jan 2011 at 7:41 pm

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