Just three years ago, on 02/07/2008, The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system and the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable”. He did not realize that Sharia law is also a reflection of cultural life in which, in the radical margin, phenomenon of militant Global Jihad is thriving, general discrimination of women is very common and accepted (see – Women-rights ) and in the core the missionary mission of Jihad – to spread Islam to all infidels.
But on Tuesday 06/14/2011, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that there are extreme forces at work that have turned the Arab Spring into a “very anxious time” for Christians. Dr Rowan Williams told the BBC that the vacuum left by the end of autocratic regimes is being filled by extremists (see – New Arab-World). The Middle East is the birthplace of Christianity and home to some of the world’s most ancient Christian denominations. There is no agreed figure for the number of Christians in the region, though some experts believe there are as many as 10 million .
He claimed there has been more killings of Christians and burnings of churches in Egypt than people were aware of (see -Halwan 03.08.11). Life is unsustainable for Christians in northern Iraq, and tensions in Syria are nearing breaking point, he added (see – Christians Exodus ).
In an interview with the same Radio 4’s The World at One, Dr Williams said he was “guardedly optimistic” that the political upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa would bring greater democracy to the region. “In the long term, of course, a real participatory democracy in the region is bound to be in the interests of minorities because good democracies look after minorities,” he said.
But in the short term, he warned, people were using the chaos it had brought to attack Christian minorities. “There is no doubt at all that it is a very anxious time for Christian communities. There have been extremist atrocities already, especially in Egypt,” the Archbishop said.
He suggested outside elements had entered Egypt from “more traditional sites of extremism”, such as Saudi Arabia and northern Sudan, and did not rule out activity by Al Qaeda. Dr Williams said violent extremism had made life unsustainable for Christians in northern Iraq, in a way that amounted to ethnic cleansing. Even in Bethlehem, in the Palestinian Authority, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, Christians who had once been in the majority were now a “marginalised minority”, he added.
Also on Tuesday The Archbishop of Canterbury has released the following statement regarding recent violence in South Kordofan, Sudan: “Along with the Christian leaders represented in the Sudan Ecumenical Forum and Council of Churches and many more throughout the world, we deplore the mounting level of aggression and bloodshed in South Kordofan State and the indiscriminate violence on the part of government troops against civilians. Numerous villages have been bombed. More than 53,000 people have been driven from their homes. The new Anglican cathedral in Kadugli has been burned down. UN personnel in the capital, Kadugli, are confined to their compound and are unable to protect civilians; the city has been overrun by the army, and heavy force is being used by government troops to subdue militias in the area, with dire results for local people. Many brutal killings are being reported. This violence is a major threat to the stability of Sudan just as the new state of South Sudan is coming into being” he stated (see – Dangerous SUDAN ).
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