Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Thursday, February 07, 2008


I've gotten so wrapped up in the presidential fray on this blog that I've ignored some of my other blogging interests. Particularly that of religion and faith and the intersection of them and... well everything else.

On a happy note the Greeks have elected a new Metropolitan for the See of Athens, which presumably would probably be the highest see for Greeks and those of the Greek liturgy after the Patriarchate of Constantinople (Istanbul). He won out in a brief conclave of Greek Bishops and it is thought will bring closer ties to the Patriarchate.

A bit to the North there's an entirely different situation that abounds. The ABC Rowan Williams, according to Mrs. Gledhill, is calling for Sharia law to be introduced to the British Isles. Now before we all gasp and grab the pitchforks, let me clarify - but by no means defend his position, that some are conservatively interpreting his call to mean only the personal codices in regards to matters like Divorce, inheritance, marriage, etc.

But not the penal codes.

To quote the ever wise Bishop of Rochester, who is himself ethnically Pakistani and intimately knowledgeable about Islam:

"English law is rooted in the Judaeo-Christian tradition and, in particular, our notions of human freedoms derive from that tradition. In my view, it would be simply impossible to introduce a tradition, like Shari ca, into this Corpus without fundamentally affecting its integrity.

The Shari ca is not a generalised collection of dispositions. It is articulated in highly concrete codes called fiqh. It would have to be one or the other, or all, of these which would have to be recognised. All of these schools would be in tension with the English legal tradition on questions like monogamy, provisions for divorce, the rights of women, custody of children, laws of inheritance and of evidence. This is not to mention the relation of freedom of belief and of expression to provisions for blasphemy and apostasy."

But it's not just Sharia. In Oxford controversy has erupted over the central mosque which wants to send out thrice daily the call to prayer. This in a land where people sue to keep Church Bells from ringing because it interrupts sleep.

Certain parts of Britain already are zones of exclusion for Anglos - and that's not just because immigrant ghettoizing (which is a normal process of inculturalization), nor is it exclusive do to socio economics as the make up of the recent terrorists prove.

Muslim extremists are pushing for the establishment of their own perverse "Separate-but-Equal" system and it's the relativists and psuedo-liberals who are supporting them. That includes the ABC.

Interestingly even the education system is taking on a bizzaro pre-Brown V. BOE format as the English government is essentially releasing all oversight of 'private' Muslim schools (for k-12) not standardizing what is being taught but more than willing to accredit it. It has lead on writer for the Spectator to speculate on Britain's shift from Democracy to Dhimmocracy.

I'm sure statements such as the ABC's today will only serve to reinforce Ms. Phillips assertion of that shift.

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