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My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children — Hosea 4:6 (KJV)

Hand of God leedsacukHave no doubt that the LORD will judge our vapid lifestyles, warped behaviours and fractured societal norms collectively, if He isn’t doing so already.   

God has blessed England and the United States in ways that no other nations can claim. Neither is a perfect country and, technically, England no longer officially exists, having been subsumed under the ‘United Kingdom’, although Scotland is considered a nation in its own right. (That’s another topic altogether.) However, one has to wonder how England will emerge from the transformation it has undergone over the past decade, including a descent into militant atheism and the struggle with demographic changes.  Socially, politically and ethnically this country (for many, no matter where they are in the world, still consider it to be one) is on a strange trajectory which no one seems to be able to fully define or defend, regardless of their political outlook.  It seems to be an EU experiment that gives worse results by the day.

One week ago, there were riots in northwest London. A few months ago they occurred in nearby Bedfordshire. Our families and children are in a desperate state. We now look likely to have multi-generational families dependent on the state. Teachers discourage schoolchildren from taking pride in their country. We can no longer speak of being Christian for fear of losing our jobs. Dr Rowan Williams, The Archbishop of Canterbury, derisively known as ‘Beardy’, wants us to be open to accepting other forms of law, such as Sharia. The Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, wants us all to fast during Ramadan, forgetting that Christians fast during Lent and Jews do the same on Yom Kippur. We have fewer freedoms every day, thanks to Parliament and nationwide experts. The Conservative Party Leader David Cameron is ahead in the polls, and, heaven knows, we need a different party in charge, but can he effect change or will he rely on his PR background and appease everyone instead? It can be quite depressing opening up our favourite newspapers each day. 

Bp Michael Nazir-Ali freethinkercoukIn his final sermon on September 13, 2009, as the Anglican Bishop of Rochester (Kent), the Right Revd Michael Nazir-Ali (pictured at right), warned the congregation of a moral decline.  The Telegraph (UK) quotes him as saying:

‘We are facing a crisis about affirming the dignity of human purpose.

‘It may be at the earliest stage of life or as we are hearing more and more, at the later stages of life.’

He added: ‘It is obvious to many people that the weakening of family life is responsible for what we face on our streets, in our classrooms and in homes.

‘It would be irresponsible for a Christian leader not to point this out.’

Archbp of Canterbury at mosque Telegraph news-graphics-2008-_440983aSadly, he is one of the few who are speaking out.  We don’t hear nearly enough substantive thoughts from the Archbishop of Canterbury (pictured at left in 2008 at a mosque). He wants us to make nice with everyone, even to our peril — and his.  Frankly, it is hard to determine whose side he is on at times, although I did find this in Thinking Anglicans, from a ‘gathering’ he participated in at Canterbury Cathedral on September 11, 2009.  Read it and weep (my comments follow):

‘THE FOOT is still in the door, even if it is being squashed very painfully,’ the Archbishop of Canterbury said last weekend when he was asked about the Church’s participation in public debate. He did not think that the Church had yet ‘dropped off the radar’.  (And he’s barely keeping the ship afloat.)

Dr Williams was in dialogue with Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye and panellist on the BBC’s Have I Got News for You, at an event during ‘The Gathering’, a series of activities for all ages at Canterbury Cathedral.

Mr Hislop described the difficulty that Dr Williams faced with the media when people called for a moral lead from the Church. ‘When the Archbishop of Canterbury says anything, they say, “Shut up,’” he suggested.  (Ian is being far too charitable — must be doing penance for editing a satirical magazine and appearing on an irreverent news show.)

Dr Williams responded that ‘the leadership thing is a problem’. It was ‘a matter of trying to remember that when you’re speaking from the Church you’re trying to give some sort of critical perspective to try and show some­thing’. The Archbishop admitted that he was ‘not brilliant at sound-bites’…  (Yes, leadership is definitely a problem.  Time to get Dr Nazir-Ali in the post!)

Meanwhile, in the US, a massive Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already, but also an allusion to the Boston Tea Party’s ‘no taxation without representation’) took place in Washington, DC, on Saturday, September 12.  The Tea Parties have been a series of protests, this having been the largest to date with estimates of 1m people converging on the capital. Americans — traditional Democrats and Republicans — are angry over Obamacare, bailouts, progressive government, increased taxation and decreased transparency of the current administration.  You can see several photos here, thanks to Stealth Fusion.

Tomorrow: More on the US

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