Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Multiculturalism has betrayed the English, Archbishop says

Multiculturalism has betrayed the English, Archbishop says

BRITAIN’S first black Archbishop has made a powerful attack on multiculturalism, urging English people to reclaim their national identity. The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said that too many people were embarrassed about being English. “Multiculturalism has seemed to imply, wrongly for me, let other cultures be allowed to express themselves but do not let the majority culture at all tell us its glories, its struggles, its joys, its pains,” he said. He said that the failure of England to rediscover its culture afresh would lead only to greater political extremism. The new Archbishop also strongly criticised the Terrorism Bill. “What is it to be English? It is a very serious question,” he said. “I think we have not engaged with English culture as it has developed. When you ask a lot of people in this country, ‘What is English culture?’, they are very vague. It is a culture that whether we like it or not has given us parliamentary democracy. It is the mother of it. It is the mother of arguing that if you want a change of government, you vote them in or you vote them out.”

3 Comments:

At November 29, 2005 5:48 PM, Blogger El Grumpo said...

I wonder if this bishop was preaching to an audience or congregation. Who was he talking to?
Other than that I say,"bully for him"!!

 
At November 30, 2005 2:28 AM, Blogger justmom said...

Dr Sentamu was speaking to The Times before his enthronement as the Church’s new No 2 at York Minster on November 30.

 
At November 30, 2005 5:06 PM, Blogger mts said...

Sometimes, it takes an outsider to let you know what you need to hear. When you're a frog sitting in increasingly warming water, maybe a frog who sticks his foot in and goes "yowza" is the wakeup call the sitting frog needs to get out of the pot before you're boiled. After Christians keeping mum and eyes down all these years in the west, it's good to see some healthy self respect and self worth verbalized.

 

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