thunders the Thunderer! Wow!
Uncharacteristically provocative journalism on the part of the staid, sober, seat of soporific journalism, or an inexplicable decline into right wing extremist rhetoric from one of our foremost liberal clergy?
Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury is as unexpected a cheerleader for the far right as Gordon Brown was acting as publicity agent for Ajem Choudhary’s proposed march through Wootton Basset.
The main stream media, the liberal clergy, and left wing politicians are fast turning into the loudest voices promoting extremism, both left and right, to the sleepy general population.
How many people would have watched Question Time without the advance publicity drummed up by the media and major political figures? How many people outside of Dagenham and Barking East would have Nick Griffen’s name on the tip of their tongue without the outcry from the ever pained-Hain denouncing his votes in the European elections as a ‘sad day for democracy’? Choudhary and his group of some 20 supporters could have turned up in Wootton Bassett every day of the week and been ignored by the sensible people of that town, but the media and the politicians could not resist the bait and filled grateful column inches with their hysterical wailing.
Now George Carey has ensured that every far right politician is armed with the eugenics-lite information that Carey believes immigration is ‘threatening’ our DNA. ‘Threatening’ will turn into ‘diluting’, and the racist arguments will begin again.
Carey believes that it would be a ‘tragedy in our long history of parliamentary democracy’ if ‘a white working-class electorate […] vote[d] for a BNP Member of Parliament’. I see nothing tragic in any electorate voting for whoever they want to represent them in parliament. I see a lot more tragedy in electorates being forced by the present political system to vote for candidates selected for them by the controlling party system in order to ensure that their ‘bessie mates’ end up with a safe seat.
If Carey really believes that the BNP is incontrovertibly unacceptable – why would he be echoing their policies? Why would he even ‘accidentally’ allow himself to utter words that could be construed as eugenic? This is a man, after all, whose entire life has been based on his ability to conjure up the right words at the right time to influence the listening throng, he’s not a footballer caught on the hop by the media.
Unlike the ‘white working class’ who complain equally and volubly of immigrants of many hues and origins, Carey is quite specific as to which immigrants he wants to put a stop to. The examples he gives of unwanted immigrants are those who “immediately establish their own tribunals to apply Sharia, rather than make use of British civil law” – they are “deeply socially divisive”. Just Muslim immigrants then Carey? Selecting immigrants on religious grounds is less discriminatory than selecting them on the basis of their colour?
It seems that Carey is willing to extend the broad arms of liberal welcome to Ukrainian rapists and Polish plumbers alike, Jamaican Drug runners and Nigerian Engineering students – but a hint of the Caliphate diluting his power base and he’s borrowing the BNP clothes and preaching eugenics.
It was Carey who promoted John Sentamu to lead the diocese in Birmingham, a popular move with those who believe that the African arm of the Christian Church may be the saviour of the Church of England. It is hardly surprising that with the influx of African clergy has come an influx of African Christian values – a profoundly homophobic stance – and an intense dislike of Muslims, especially amongst those clergy whose country of origin is Nigeria, a deeply divided country. Carey successfully blocked the acceptance of open homosexuality within the church, he has fiercely opposed an equal age of consent and even employment rights for lesbians and gay men. He condemned legal rights for gay couples (including next-of-kin access).
This is also the man who said he was proud of Britain’s leading role in arms manufacturing and whose most compassionate words were his calls for the release of Chilean fascist dictator General Pinochet.
Carey’s hypocrisy extends beyond a fear that ‘ghettos will be established’, for he condemns the Muslims for their desire to establish Sharia laws – but has never objected to the Beth Din courts of Judaism. He has encompassed the introduction of women priests – deeply offensive to many within the Church of England, whilst refusing to allow those of a homosexual persuasion to live their life openly. He said nothing when Nick Griffin was condemned for calling Islam a ‘wicked religion’ and yet now he is openly stating that Christianity is in some way morally superior to nasty old Islam. Would this be the Old Testament eye for an eye, homosexuality is a sin, women are men’s property, executing non believers, heretics, and witches Church of England?
It is what Christianity was all about for around 1000 years until it was abandoned in favour of social democracy and forgiveness sometime in the Victorian era. The current happy clappy Christianity Church of England with closeted gay and female clergy in their pretty frocks, borrowing the far-right’s anti-gay, anti-Muslim rhetoric is quite a new concept is it not?