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25 November 2007

UK's Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams Accuses American Administration ...


US is ‘worst’ imperialist: archbishop
So sayeth Britain's top God guy, white Anglo-Saxon protestant (WASP), Anglican Archbishop
Rowan Williams.

See below for some other strong straight talking stuff from self same Church of England leader cum Primate of all England.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has
said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday.

Rowan Williams claimed that America’s attempt to intervene overseas by “clearing the decks” with a “quick burst of violent action” had led to “the worst of all worlds”.


He said the crisis was caused not just by America’s actions but also by its misguided sense of its own mission. He poured scorn on the “chosen nation myth of America, meaning that what happens in America is very much at the heart of God’s purpose for humanity”.


Williams suggested American leadership had broken down: “We have only one global hegemonic power. It is not accumulating territory: it is trying to accumulate influence and control. That’s not working.”
Amen to all that, Archbishop.

Read the rest of this Times (of London) report.

N.B. A full (pdf form) text of the Archbishop's interview can also be found at the above link.

As can the (already fast & free flowing) comments from an international assortment of Times' readers -- including, of course, several from America's loony fundy, counterfeit Christian, high & mighty hypocrites' camp.


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Blogger Twilight said...

As George Carlin said

"I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death."

I'd have thought the role of a man of the church such as this would be to encourage love, not hate.

The comments are far more revealing than the article itself.
I'm pleased to see there are a few sensible views there. Those climbing on the anti-American bandwagon and rambling on about World War2 just go to show that some people WANT to hate America, for any reason, fact or fiction.

What they really hate, in truth, is the current adminstration, but the rest of America gets dragged in, and anything good the country has stood for gets forgotten.

It hasn't always been this bad - has it? The past 7 years have ruined the country's reputation. It wasn't perfect before that - far from it, but nor was that of Britain, France, any.

Lets not look for reasons to hate each other, USA and Britain - let's look for reasons to love one another- isn't that what Christ's message was ? "Love one another".
It should start with us, we should set an example, to the fundmentalists of the world, not take sides.

4:49 pm  
Anonymous pimpernel said...

I'm anti-Bushco's criminal neocon administration but not anti-American. At the same time I can't find a one saving grace in those who voted Bush back in for a second term. As for those who even now still sing his praises and continue to support his corrupt goverment ... well ... the word despise isn't strong enough.

8:31 pm  
Blogger Twilight said...

pimpernel - by all accounts the last two US elections were "stolen".

What can the ordinary "American-in-the-street" do in the face of corruption. There are many voices now raised for impeachment of the Prez and VP, the people voted in a majority Democratic Congress, that was proof enough of what most Americans want - but so far the Dim-Dems have lost their spines.
So what now can the people do?

Sure, there's a faction here who deserve to be despised, but I don't think it's the majority by any means. There are factions worthy of being despised in any country you can name.

10:10 pm  
Anonymous pimpernel said...

Twilight, I know. And I agree wholeheartedly with what you say, iow we're on the same side, you and I. My 'despise' comment was aimed at those groups I singled out for mention.

10:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agressive American strong arm interventionism, be it resonably called for or not did not begin with Bush Jnr. It's gone on for many years, and beacuse it's always gone virtually unchallenged and unchecked by both the citizenry and sucessive [so called]opposition party, sucessive ruling parties have gotten bolder and bolder.

It's taken a long time for things to get to the present state US of affairs - home and foreign - and unfortunatley, it's probably already passed the point of no return.

Goverment by the [global] coporations for the corporations has already arrived. It arrived gradually ~ unannounced, and sadly unoticed by far too many. And it arrived first in a negligently apathetic America.

11:21 pm  
Anonymous rmj said...

How's this for fast service? Take a look at this from TOMORROW's Times. (Richard, I wouldn't do this for just anyone y'know.)

November 26, 2007

Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, gets political blessing for his attack on America’s foreign policy

Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has been supported by MPs for his sharp criticism of American foreign policy.

Read more at this link.

12:02 am  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Rick, you forgot to mention when giving him his full-title, build-up that he's actually the "Lord" Archbishop. A peer of the realm no less.

12:10 am  
Blogger Amiable Crank said...

'anglo-saxon' my arsenal! He's celtic welsh, but still a bit of a buffon!

12:38 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shudder. A non-anglo, Anglican? Good God and Allah, what next? A kosher pork sausage maker? A Muslim brewer? A poor billionaire? A truthful politician? A serial suicide bomber? Oh, dear. The world's gone bonkers. It will all end in tears I tell you. The world, that is.


12:56 am  
Anonymous bootlean said...

If we concentrate purely on what Willians said, and forget getting involved in bickerings @ the Times' website and about what did and didn't happen years ago, can anyone with hand on heart honestly say what Williams said isn't true?

I doubt it.

10:50 am  
Blogger Twilight said...


As it refers to American foreign policy - of course it's true - we all say, in unison, "DUH!!"

Someone in his elevated position spouting off like this, though, acts like a magnet to the "We hate America" crowd, who jump on the bandwagon and proceed to pollute the atmosphere with hatred.

What good has he done - honestly?

3:40 pm  
Blogger Levi said...

You know, I like the Archbishop. Surprising really, since I am an atheist (lapsed catholic), and find religion abhorant. But he seems to be a nice guy with his heart in the right place.

Still, to say that American Imperialism even compares to the building of the British Empire is a gross exaggeration, and an insult to the hundreds of millions killed by our colonial expansion. The American government's aggressive foreign policy in this and the last century is a mere blip compared to our attempt to literally take over the world.

Judge ye not, Archbishop, lest you be judged yourself.

10:32 am  

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