“If you disagree, that must be met by counter-arguments, not by trying to silence people.” I never have cared for tattoos, but there’s a statement that I am tempted to go out and have emblazoned on my forehead.
An update on the UK Bishop who dared to note that some areas of Britain have turned into “no-go” areas for non-Muslims: “Bishop of Rochester reasserts ‘no-go’ claim,” by Jonathan Wynne-Jones for the Telegraph (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, who received death threats for airing his views on Islamic issues, has vowed that he will continue to speak out.
His claim that Islamic extremism has turned some parts of Britain into “no-go” areas for non-Muslims led to fierce rows between political and religious leaders over the impact of multiculturalism on this country. […]
The bishops’ views in The Sunday Telegraph sparked a storm of criticism and raised questions over the role of the Church in society but, most seriously for Dr Nazir-Ali, led to threats that he and his family would be harmed.
Yet, in his first interview since the sinister calls were made to his home, the Bishop of Rochester remains steadfastly defiant. He will not be silenced. “I believe people should not be prevented from speaking out,” he says. “The issue had to be raised. There are times when Christian leaders have to speak out.”
He arrived in Britain in the 1980s and seems to have taken up the mantle for defending the country’s values he fears are being threatened by a loss of its Christian heritage.
Dressed casually in a roll-neck jumper and sports jacket, he seems relaxed now as he walks around his study in Bishopscourt, but it has clearly been a stressful time.
Threats were made warning that he would not “live long” and would be “sorted out” if he continued to criticise Islam.
“If you disagree, that must be met by counter-arguments, not by trying to silence people. It was a threat not just to me, but to my family. I took it seriously, so did the police. It gave me sleepless nights.”
However, it’s not the first time that his life has been endangered.
Shortly after being made a bishop in Pakistan – at 35 he was the youngest in the Anglican Church – he was forced to flee to Britain to seek refuge from Muslims who wanted to kill him.
He says that he never expected to suffer the same treatment in Britain and expresses concerns over recent social developments.
“The real danger to Britain today is the spiritual and moral vacuum that has occurred for the last 40 or 50 years. When you have such a vacuum something will fill it.
“If people are not given a fresh way of understanding what it means to be a Christian and what it means to be a Christian-based society then something else may well take the place of all that we’re used to and that could be Islam.”
Indeed. Read it all.