John Sentamu, Archbishop of York (he of the “prophetic enactment”, Anglicanism’s number two man), has come out swinging against media bias, the liberal elite, the Muslim veil, and Christmas commercialism. File under: when religious leaders speak their mind. For a staid old church, this stuff is a breath of fresh air.
On the BBC’s bias against the Church of England:
They can do to us what they dare not do to the Muslims. We are fair game because they can get away with it. We don’t go down there and say, ‘We are going to bomb your place.’ It is not within our nature.
On Muslims and the veil:
I think the thing is in British society you can wear what you want, but you can’t expect British society to be reconfigured around you. No minority can expect to impose this on the public or civic life.
Do we need those toys? I would suggest that this Advent we should be eating less and not spending so much. Give up a little bit and find charities that give clean water. Also, support our farmers, buy more products from this country. If you lose farmers, you are going to lose this green and pleasant land.
When I was in Uganda, everything that was British was the best. If you went to a shop to buy a ruler, you looked for one that said ‘Made in Britain.’ But now this country disbelieves itself in an amazing way. It almost dislikes its own culture. It doesn’t realise that the arts, music, buildings have grown out of a strong Christian tradition. John Betjeman would be shocked that the nation is not interested in helping preserve these things
On the liberal elite:
They see themselves as holding the flag for Britain and that Britain is definitely secular and atheist. I want them to have their say, but not to lord it over the rest of us.
Once children have reached 11 and you have not been with them, then you have lost them. That is the difference between what happens in a Jewish home or a Muslim home, where the raising of children is paramount