Sunday, 18 May 2014

Justin Welby comments on the Nigerian kidnap crisis

The Archbishop of Canterbury has made several media interventions to talk about the abduction of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram.

Lambeth Palace press releases:
Archbishop condemns abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls
Archbishop writes on Boko Haram in the Church Times
Archbishop speaks to Radio 4 about situation in Nigeria.

The Church Times interview is available at Missing schoolgirls: Welby warns over difficulties of negotiation with Boko Haram (scroll down for the interview itself) and there is a leader comment here: Evil of Boko Haram.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Sunday, 18 May 2014 at 5:14pm BST | TrackBack
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Presumably he's now advising girls in England to stay home from school, on the grounds that their receiving a western education upsets Boko Haram and places girls in Nigeria in danger? And if not, why not?

Posted by: Interested Observer on Monday, 19 May 2014 at 8:42am BST

"Presumably he's now advising girls in England to stay home from school, on the grounds that their receiving a western education upsets Boko Haram and places girls in Nigeria in danger? And if not, why not?"

Exactly. Welby had a unique voice to speak to this situation, and violence in Africa in general. Sadly, he seriously damaged his credibility with the uncorroborated claptrap that gay tolerance "far, far away in America" caused a massacre. Claptrap that unfortunately matches his own reluctance to grant human rights and full inclusion in the church to LGBT people in England.

He had a chance to really stand as a moral leader on this one, and he blew it. I guess it's better that he say something…

Posted by: Cynthia on Monday, 19 May 2014 at 4:43pm BST
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