National Secular Society equates Anglicans with Islamists baying for blood

Nov 12, 2018 by

by Archbishop Cranmer:

While the Church of England was preparing to lead the nation in a corporate commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day 1918, the National Secular Society issued a tweet. It shows hordes of Islamists marching through the streets of Karachi, baying for the blood of Asia Bibi who was acquitted of blasphemy and has now fled to the Netherlands to escape certain death at the hands of those whose judgment is more attuned to Mohammed’s scimitar than to natural justice and the rule of law. “Blasphemer Asia has been freed!” they cried. “The people’s court gave its verdict against her! Pakistan’s people’s court has turned down the Supreme Court’s verdict!” And so the people must have their way, and they want the head of Asia Bibi served up an silver platter. Forget Pakistan’s Supreme Court: Allah is the supremest – especially when mediated by mob sharia.

The National Secular Society juxtaposed this Islamist fray with a warning: “For anyone who doubts the importance of keeping religion and state separate. Secularism underpins and safeguards freedom, tolerance, and fairness.”

You might think it astonishing, on a unique day commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice – or perhaps on any Remembrance Sunday – for a national organisation to seek to detract from the honour which the whole nation is paying to its glorious dead. The President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended the Cenotaph for the first time, and laid a wreath which bore a hand-written message: “Honoured to remember side by side, Grateful for reconciliation, Hopeful for a future in peace and friendship.” That evening he bowed his head to the Queen and shook her hand in Westminster Abbey in a deeply moving act of contrition and humility. This was the Supreme Governor of the Church of England radiating peace and working for reconciliation, but the tolerant and fair National Secular Society thinks she leads a church which is on the cusp of marching through the streets of London to demand the heads of blasphemers.

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