There is a difference between Truth and truthiness. There is a difference between Faith and faithiness. Can you see it in your own life?
Around the fringes of every crowd, there is always a group who doesn’t understand what you say or mean. The reactions to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s speech about civil and religious law show that the fringe of misapprehension has just got a whole lot bigger.
There has been a lot of snittiness about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s speech delivered on 7 February about the relationship between civil and religious law in England. I don’t mean the “beardy idiot surrendering our inalienable Anglo-Saxon freedoms to the mad mullahs” sort of snittiness (although there certainly was a lot of that about). No, I mean the “I can’t understand a word he’s saying” sort of sneering. Examples here, here and here.
Even Riazat Butt, the religious affairs correspondent of The Guardian leapt in:
I’ve read the speech and re-read it. I don’t understand a word of it and unfortunately for us hacks he doesn’t replicate his BBC words in the bloody text. If anyone can tell me what he’s saying I’ll buy them a beer.
This really is shameful. Continue reading