The Archbishop and the New Statesman

Those in the UK can’t have missed the news (unless of course, you never watch TV, listen to the radio or read a newspaper) that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams was the guest editor of The New Statesman recently and wrote a leader – read it here – commenting on policies of the Coalition Government. Consequently all kinds of people have got worked up about the Church meddling in politics again. When people make such comments I am always reminded of a poster of Archbishop Desmond Tutu holding a Good News Bible and sayting (and I paraphrase since it was years ago and I can’t remember the exact words) “When people say the Church shouldn’t interfere in politics I wonder what Bible they are reading.”

In the midst of all the criticism there have been some sane voices pointing out that Archbishop’s are supposed to speak out – after all, that’s what Christians are supposed to do. And the best article I’ve come across so far is from Victoria Coren writing in her blog under the title Bashing the Bishop.