Comments: Churches and the General Election

Looking in on the recommended videos regarding former Bishop of Rochester, Nazir-Ali's talks about the side-lining of Christians in the U.K., and the reactions to some of his comments, I have been fascinated, and not a little disturbed, by the obvious contention he has managed to stir up from within the Muslim community.

For Nazir-Ali to baldly state that their are 'no-go' areas for non-Muslims within certain Muslim communities in the U.K. - without actually naming any of those areas - is tantamount to casting doubt on the safety of Christians and others in any community containing our Muslim sisters and brothers. If this is not counter-productive of good-neighbourliness, I don't know what is.

Is this conducive to peaceful co-existence? And should a Bishop of our Church be saying this? Is it particularly Christian?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 14 March 2010 at 12:26am GMT
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