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Friday, 9 November 2012
'He wears a seriously Big Cross. He looks happy'

So writes a Telegraph reader in the comments to a leading article on the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the hitherto relatively obscure Justin Welby. Harry de Quetteville, get scribbling:

The right man: the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has the qualities to hold together the disparate worldwide Anglican Communion

That is indeed a seriously big cross - good thing too after the creeping apologetics of his predecessor. Unlike the latter, he is also clean shaven, so you wouldn't mistake him for an imam. Back to the article:

When Dr Rowan Williams announced that he was standing down as Archbishop of Canterbury, the man who is to take his place as the 105th occupant of the throne of St Augustine was hardly mentioned as a possible successor. Justin Welby had only recently been appointed Bishop of Durham after a meteoric rise through church ranks ever since giving up a career as an oil industry executive to take holy orders. To many, the obvious candidate was John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York; but he failed to find favour among the members of the newly constituted Crown Nominations Commission, whose tortuous deliberations over the past six months serve almost as a metaphor for the internal workings of the Church itself.

By all accounts, however, they have chosen wisely. Bishop Welby, an evangelical, has many of the qualities that he will need if he is to hold together the disparate worldwide Anglican Communion and reconcile its warring wings. Unlike the Pope, he has no means of imposing his will and must rely instead on persuading the often unpersuadable. In addition, as head of the established Church, he occupies an important state role, which becomes hard to fulfil when he is seen to be taking a religious stand against the modern world’s secular trends. But it is also important that he does not shy away from doing so: the skill is to know when and how.

The current Archbishop’s interventions on sharia and his decision to guest-edit an edition of the New Statesman were well meaning but ill-judged. However, Bishop Welby should not be afraid of adopting a high profile or proselytising on behalf of Christianity: too often the leaders of other denominations and faiths have taken more prominent positions on ethical matters than the head of the Anglican Church. An early test of his skills will come when the Government publishes its plans for gay marriage.

Justin Welby is opposed to gay marriage but fine with civil partnerships, and he favours women bishops. As these views accord with mine, I feel favourably disposed towards him. Speaking of batting for the other team, my main question, as yet unanswered, is what does he think of Islam?  Inevitably the Telegraph article was titled "A good man to pour oil on troubled waters". When it comes to the sea of Sharia, I hope he does a BP.

Posted on 11/09/2012 7:19 AM by Mary Jackson
9 Nov 2012

As long as he repudiates the immoral stupidity of the last Archbishop on the matter of sharia he's alright by me

10 Nov 2012
Christina McIntosh

 Speaking as a member of the Anglican Church in Australia, myself, I must say I am agog to see what, if anything, he has to say about the Mohammedan Mob.  

He has worked in Nigeria, where the daughter Anglican church (fruit of 19th century mission) is huuuuge, and growing fast (like all the other churches) and is suffering terrible persecution from Muslims.  He has had contact with his brother Bishops from northern Nigeria, who have themselves sometimes (like Archbishop Ben Kwashi) personally suffered physical violence from murderous Muslim sharia-pushers.

And he has also had a good deal to do with Canon Andrew White, 'the vicar of Baghdad'.

Furthermore, he is apparently a confirmed Francophile, speaks fluent French, and has lived in Paris.  Is he or is he not aware of the Islamisation of France? Maybe NER should send him, upon his enthronement, a complimentary copy of Hugh Fitzgerald's essay 'Douce France'...

Are we getting a confused, deluded dhimmi-in-training, or someone who knows what's what?

Barnabas Fund and Caroline Cox's organisation should put him on the spot as soon as possible, to see what he knows and does not know.

I hope to God he has read the books of Canon Patrick Sookhdeo, and of Michael Nazir-Ali (formerly a fellow Bishop), and if I could ask him just one question, it would be this: "have you, sir, read Australian Anglican priest and scholar Mark Durie's book 'The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude, and Freedom'?  And if not, why not?"

Honestly, I'd be tempted to get a copy of Durie's book and send it to the Archbishop-designate myself, as an enthronement gift from one of his humblest Aussie fellow-pew-sitters, marked 'In the name of God, *read* this!'.

Update: I just went and did a little more digging.  Oh dear oh dear oh dear. My God, he certainly does need to read Durie, fast, and get up to scratch: just read this article by him 'Is reconciliation with Islam possible?', and then tear your hair out...

I would also like to know what, if anything, he understands about the Jihad against the Jews, that is, the war to the death that is being waged by the Ummah or Mohammedan Mob, against the Jewish state of Israel.  Is he going to bleat endlessly about the Pooor 'Persecuted' Palestinians [TM] and let the likes of Sabeel bend his ear?  Or will he tell the EAPPI and the rest of the antisemites who pretend to love Jews whilst hating and trying to destroy the world's only Jewish state, to go take a flying leap?

This last question is particularly interesting because of something I came across just now.

His biography

includes this item: "His father's family were German Jewish immigrants who moved to England to escape antiSemitism in the late 19th century, and integrated quickly".

So he's descended from the Saturday people, on one side, and he's just been picked to lead a big bunch of the Sunday people.   Targets painted on both the front and the back of his shirt.

As instructed, and with great fervour, I will recite - as instructed - the Prayer for the Archbishop of Canterbury Designate:

"God our Father, Lord of all the world, through your Son you have called us into the fellowship of your universal church:

"hear our prayer for your faithful people that in their vocation and ministry each may be an instrument of your love,

"and give to your servant Justin the needful gifts of grace:

"through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ".

To which I will only add: "Please, please, please, dear Father God, if this man has been dhimmified...I ask In the Name of Christ: DE-DHIMMI HIM!!  Open his eyes!  Grant to him spiritual discernment to see right through all the masks, snares, deceits, occult spells, delusions, false flattery, treacherous smiles, nonsense and lies of Islam and Muslims!"

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