The question, [Archbishop Rowan Williams]…said, is “whether certain additional choices could and should be made available under the law of the United Kingdom for resolving disputes and regulating transactions.” The Anglican leader also added that before the introduction of any such possibility much careful work and discussion would be needed.
“I wanted simply to offer a bit more of a framework for thinking about this controversy,” the archbishop declared in concluding his remarks on the subject.
The Telegraph newspaper editorial of Feb. 12 was, nevertheless, not mollified. It declared concern that the head of a national institution would call into question a fundamental principle of justice: a single system of law equally applied to all. The editorial also questioned the weakening of British culture at a time when it is under threat from aggressive Islam.
The Guardian editorial of the same day also rapped the archbishop over the knuckles, saying that he should speak “more clearly and better in future.”
It wasn’t just the media that was critical of Archbishop Williams. On Feb. 10 the Sunday Telegraph published comments by Williams’ predecessor, Lord Carey, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.
“I don’t believe in a multicultural society,” remarked the archbishop of Westminster. “When people come into this country they have to obey the laws of the land,” the Catholic leader insisted.
Lord Carey, archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, expressed concern that separate systems could lead to the creation of Muslim ghettos. He also noted that many Muslims prefer, in fact, “to embrace the West and adapt their faith and customs to Britain.”
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