Sunday, November 13, 2005

Batty Brit Bishops

The university town of Oxford has a long tradition of clerical eccentrics. The latest one thinks Brits should apologize to Iraqis for liberating them from Saddam Hussein. We need eccentrics, but this one would do better helping Muslim families in his own diocese.

The Jerusalem Post opines:

The Church of England's latest opinion on Middle Eastern affairs ranks among its most bankrupt.

A recent report commissioned by the church's bishops endorsed apologizing to Muslim leaders for the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq.

That invasion removed a sadistic tyrant who bragged publicly about paying the families of Palestinian suicide bombers - who intimidated his people by tossing them into shredders, allowing his sons to rape their choice of women and gassing entire villages.

Yet to the authors of the report, "Countering Terrorism: Power, Violence and Democracy Post 9/11," none of that matters.

"We do believe that the church has a visionary role for reconciliation beyond that of any government," one of the authors, Bishop Richard Harries of Oxford, told BBC Radio.

Last week we posted on this story from the town of Oxford:

Chomir Ali, 44, a Bangladeshi, had intended his daughter Manna Begum should marry someone else and he recruited his sons, aged 16 and 19, to kill Arash Ghorbani-Zarin, an Iranian by whom she was pregnant.

Mr Ghorbani-Zarin, 19, was stabbed 46 times after he was ambushed as he drove to meet Miss Begum, also 19, at her home in Oxford.

The jury at Oxford Crown Court took five days to reach its unanimous verdicts...

The Bishop should spend more time with his flock.