Victor David Hanson tells us “Why You Can Believe all Those Warnings About The Death of the West”
“I suggest that the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams read a little history about the British experience in India before he offers politically-correct but historically laughable sermons like the one he gave to a Muslim “lifestyle” magazine:”
It is one thing to take over a territory and then pour energy and resources into administering it and normalising it. Rightly or wrongly, that’s what the British Empire did – in India, for example. It is another thing to go in on the assumption that a quick burst of violent action will somehow clear the decks and that you can move on and other people will put it back together – Iraq, for example.
Then Mr. Hanson proceeds to take His Grace apart, limb from Christian limb:
“ONE, who is clearing the decks and moving on? And who are the “other people” putting Iraq back together? Iran? Saudi Arabia? China? The British in Basra? First, we read from the anti-war Left that the US is wasting a trillion dollars and thousands of its lives in Iraq, and yet now that we are clearing the decks and not putting it back together? Which is it?”
[Mr. Hanson should know by now that being the Archbishop of Canterbury means never having to be consistent and never, ever apologizing to anyone except designated victims.]
“TWO, Williams should read a little about British military campaigns in India, and then count the corpses.”
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[If you check the seminary curriculum you will find precious little secular history included. Why would they need it? Greek is much more important to leading your flock]
“THREE, he should also tally up the amount of money the U.S. has spent for civic and economic development in Iraq over four years, and then compare that to what Britain invested in any four-year period in their centuries-long occupation of India.”
[ Maths or statistics are not strong points in seminary training either, Mr. Hanson. His Grace is talking about relevance here, not about truth]
“FOUR, I don’t recall the British, after their second year in India, fostering nation-wide elections.”
[Well, you see, they were waiting to Gandhi to appear and make them do something. You know…until then, it was the White Man’s Burden.. Tut, tut, cheerio…]
“FIVE, if he is worried about the soul of civilization in general, and the U.S. in particular, he might equally ask his Muslim interviewers about the status of women in the Muslim world, polygamy, female circumcision, the existence of slavery in the Sudan, the status of free expression and dissent, and religious tolerance (i.e., he should try to visit Mecca on his next goodwill, interfaith tour) .”
[Oh dear. This is all about political correctness, not hard questions. His Grace has had the requisite lobotomy that accompanies investiture. He is no longer able to frame such questions, much less get them past his lips. Be gentle.]
“SIX, all Williams will accomplish is to convince Episcopalians in the U.S. not to follow the Anglican Church, and most Americans in general that, if they need any reminders, many of the loud left-wing British elite, nursed on envy of the US, still petulant over lost power and influence, and scared stiff of the demographic and immigration trends in its own country, are well, unhinged.”
[Now you’re talking Mr Hanson. We don’t need His Grace any more. African missionaries are saving what is left of the Episcopal Church in the US. In fact, the next time there is a space shuttle flight, perhaps His Grace would consider a short trip. I would certainly donate a farthing or two towards his mission. It would be more useful than anything he is doing here.]
By the way, America’s Presiding Bishop is not too happy about this interference in her work (driving people out of the pews):
The American presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, condemned this poaching of souls on her turf as a violation of the “ancient customs of the church.” To which the archbishop replied, in essence: Since when have you American liberals given a fig about the ancient customs of the church?
Such conflicts used to be decided in the Church of England by the king putting someone in the Tower of London. That does not appear to be an option in this case.
Well, maybe that’s what ECUSA needs at 815 Second Avenue in New York City: a tower in which to put the poachers.
Hat tip: Michael B