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Rowan’s Laughable


There’s still chatter over here in the UK about the recent dim-witted remarks by Rowan Williams, the cassocked clown now presiding as Archbishop of Canterbury. Part of Williams’ speech looked back to the virtues of some notionally more cozy, more collectivist past. Writing in the London Times, Matthew Parris remembers what those days, perhaps best typified by the 1970s, were really like, and then he asks this:

“Where was the Church of England then? Railing as she ought to have against Socialism and the selfishness of collectivist politics? Fighting for individual freedom, choice and the Christian virtues of venture, commitment, consequence and risk? I don’t think so.”



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