Monday, November 13, 2006

Sentamu gets it...

Dr John Sentamu, the Ugandan-born Archbishop of York, has shown us once more that his understanding of the tyranny of orthodoxies which we live under is bang on the money. In an interview published today he strongly criticises the BBC for its bias against Christianity, argues that minorities could not expect society to be reconfigured around them, and laments the fact that celebration of British culture is discouraged.

‘Now this country disbelieves itself in an amazing way,’ he says. ‘It almost dislikes its own culture. It doesn’t realise that the arts, music, buildings have grown out of a strong Christian tradition. John Betjeman would be shocked that the nation is not interested in helping preserve these things.’

The urban liberal elites were firmly to blame. ‘They see themselves as holding the flag for Britain and that Britain is definitely secular and atheist. I want them to have their say, but not lord it over the rest of us.’

As for the BBC, he says: ‘We (the Church of England) get more knocks. They can do to us what they dare not do to the Muslims. We are fair game because they can get away with it. We don’t go down there and say, ‘We are going to bomb your place.’ It is not within our nature.’

It’s gratifying that its Dr Sentamu is saying these things, for one simple reason: as a black man, he will be listened to with at least some degree of attentiveness by that liberal elite he so succinctly condemns. If he were white, he would be dismissed out of hand as a dangerous reactionary who should be silenced.

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