Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Archbishop's Sharia comments are a blow to the established church

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Writing in today's Daily Telegraph, Janet Daley offers an interesting take on the ongoing row over Rowan Williams' comments on the potential use of Sharia law in the UK. In Daley's view "the messy overlap between matters of state and of faith" caused by the established status of the Church of England has been highlighted by Williams' comments:

"He has laid bare the question that should never have been asked if the prevailing fuzzy compromise between established church and state was to remain tenable: how can a revealed religion officially accept that its position is subservient to secular law? Answer: it can't - not without surrendering its understanding of absolute truth."

Time for disestablishment then?


Matt said...

I thought I'd never get to use the word antidisestablishmentarianism in context... thanks Dr. Williams!