Archbishop’s musings

Mr Wilton has a far more erudite post on the current controversy surrounding the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent comments than the draft I had put together.
My brief thoughts on the issue –
– It’s been good to see some editorials encouraging people to read what was said in its entirety before making judgements, statements and wild allegations.
– It’s a shame that intellectuals on any side of the religious fence can’t air their usually non-inflammatory thoughts without the press jumping to instant, tabloid friendly, flame fanning conclusions.
– In an era increasingly filled with pointless law suits, I like the idea of sensible, independent common-sense arbitration, providing all that’s involved is simple, common-sense arbitration.


4 Responses to “Archbishop’s musings”

  1. M. Mortazavi Says:

    I left a comment with Mr. Wilton’s blog entry ( ).
    Here, I only leave this paragraph from that comment:
    BBC posts the actual text of the speech given by Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, here:

  2. James Says:

    I think what is more concerning in this whole affair is that there is even a debate about the primacy of British law and religious law. Revealed religions have no place dictating any kind of legal position in a democratic society. This debate more than ever makes me wish for a formal separation of church and state.

  3. M. Mortazavi Says:

    This has nothing to do with the separation of church and state. It has everything to do with the relationship of law and personal identity.
    Dr. Rowan Williams points out and notes that parallel systems of law can exist where the parties can select the jurisdiction where a decision, affecting personal life, can be made.
    Of course, he admits in his speech that establishing such systems can include some amount of complexity but in return they can produce an environment where forced or divided loyalties can be avoided, leading to better collaboration towards a common good that goes beyond "equality" before an abstract universalist law.
    Furthermore, he concludes that while such a system will introduce a certain "market" element, it will also allow people to work, within the context of overlapping loyalties, for a common good.

  4. Mark Says:

    During the 16th century, in the era leading to the Enlightenment, sculptors added a blindfold to statues of Themis, the Greek goddess of justice and law, to signify the impartiality of the law.
    In a secular society, there should no relationship between law and personal identity. The law should be blind to personal identity.
    Religious based exceptions or alternatives to civil law basically creates legal ghettoization.
    Britain got it right with paragraph XXIX of the Magna Carta 800 years ago. This is no time to go wobbly.
    Under her blindfold, Lady Justice is weeping.

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