Why does the BBC believe Bishop Michael Curry channels the soul of America?

Aug 1, 2020 by

by Martin Sewell, Archbishop Cranmer:

[…] If you have never heard this titan of broadcasting [Alistair Cooke – ed] you should not miss it, then weep for how far from his standards BBC broadcasting has fallen. As I begin to write, I have just listened to a party political broadcast for the Democrat party embedded into Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme. I do not often listen to it, and this reminded me why. The entire piece was predicated upon the view that the Republican Party was simply awful, and why can’t the Democrats just win and make America more like us (at the BBC)?

It was a similar story with the last edition of the BBC ‘Sunday’ programme, which brought us an interview with the Presiding Bishop of the American Episcopal Church, the Rt Rev’d Michael Curry, an engaging affable man best known for over-running his sermon time at the Windsor wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

His many merits notwithstanding, conciliation may not be his strongest suit. He has certainly been robust in pressing a liberal agenda within the Anglican communion. Whether he is right or wrong about that is not, however, the issue that concerns me here. Robust opinion is sometimes very necessary, and not every compromise helps to resolve conflict. While promoting the view that ‘the soul of America’ is at stake in the coming US election, a view with which Cooke might have agreed, he called in aid the motto from the great seal of America ‘E Pluribus Unum‘, but then began critiquing the Founding Fathers for not being men fully ahead of their time. Doubtless we shall all fail Bishop Michael’s test on that one, in due course.

Alistair Cooke often explained US history to us over many years, not shying away from inconsistency, but neither did he fall into anachronism. He understood that the devisers of the US Constitution were the English and Scottish gentlemen radicals of their time, midwifing a new vision of democratic accountability into the world. Just as early medical pioneers made mistakes, so did they, but Cooke understood, as Bishop Curry may not, that without their pursuit of succinct expression of world-changing ideas, there would have been no ‘cheque to the future’ for Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King to present to America for encashment.

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See also:

A Review of Michael Brown’s ‘Evangelicals at the Crossroads: Will We Pass The Trump Test?’, by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch:

George Soros Dumps $50 Million Into 2020 Electionfrom Activist Mommy

Franklin Graham sounds alarm on urgent threat to America’s futurefrom World Net Daily

(and from a Democrat perspective) Biden and Evangelicals – and Catholics too by Ron Sider

Gender and Sexuality in the 2020 Electionby David Closson, The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood:

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