Church of England row over Muslim conversion, exclaims the Telegraph, showing a picture of the embattled Lord Nazir Ali. The article says near the end,
Britain’s only Asian bishop, he was tipped to become Archbishop of Canterbury before Dr Rowan Williams’s appointment in 2002. Since he was passed over, he has felt able to speak more freely about his inter-faith views and has become a talisman for hard-line evangelicals who see Islam as a threat to culture and religion.
Yup, we’re aware of that, since he made shit up about ‘Muslim no-go areas’ without actually having been in one and then claimed people were unfairly targetting him. I love this latest sob-story by Lord Nazir Ali too.
Apparently, senior figures within the Church are not exactly happy with his plans to covert British Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus to Christianity because its unlikely to lead to better inter-faith relations. The horrors of social cohesion! Who wants it?
Sometimes you’d think Lord Nazir Ali was a lone figure flying in the face of political correctness to bring social cohesion…. and other times he wants to make sure these damn heathens listen to his word of God. Throw in the word Muslim (we’re not going enough to convert them!) and the right-wing broadsheets are all over it like a rash.
But there is more to this. The conversion thing is a private members motion to be debated by the Church of England General Synod. It is being proposed by Paul Eddy, a guy who does PR for the Lawyers Christian Fellowship (via Bartholomew). His partner in crime there is Andrea Minichiello Williams, who was most recently seen on the C4 documentary cussing Muslims. You can see why this might pose a problem for inter-faith dialogue. Now if this were some Hizb ut-Tahrir or al-Muhajiroun nutjobs cussing Christianity, the usual bigots would be up in arms saying these people should leave this Christian nation. But in this case they’re busy admiring Paul Eddy’s conviction. Oh, the sweet smell of hypocrisy.
The thing is, this is a classic wedge tactic. If these people really wanted to convert non-Christians, they’d just be out there doing it. But these Christian fundamentalists need to create a sense of being under attack, and they need to get rid of the Church of England’s more liberal leaders. So they’re making this into a wedge issue and trying to galvanise the nutjobs within the Synod so they can eventually provoke a clash between Christian and Muslim fundamentalists. That, for them, would be the best way to attract more followers over the longer term and depose of Rowan Williams and his buddies. The Telegraph is more than happy to oblige.
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