Comments: Sentamu to fast and pray for Middle East peace

Sentamu appears to be developing a severe case of self-importance.

He is also in danger of looking like a prize boob if he dismisses the reality of Islamo-fascism. Just because one doesn't like Bush doesn't mean there are not apocalyptic and violent fanatics out to get us.

Posted by Murray Lamond at Friday, 11 August 2006 at 8:33pm BST

I love Sentamu. It is religious leaders such as him who give the world a chance at redemption. Sentamu is consistently showing one trait that the wasteful shepherds lack: a recognition to call on God for grace and healing.

Would that all wise souls would turn to the Lord, like Asa did “LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O LORD, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you.” (2 Chronicles 14:11)

Sentamu is also modelling being a wise shepherd by giving us a practical way to make manifest our prayers and concernst to God. There are some of us who would rather be insulted as "posturing" because we are souls who care about the survival of the Jews, the plight of the Lebanse and Palestinians, an end to overt and covert war and terrorism.

There are souls that think that snide remarks merely distinguish the factions who are complacent in these perilous times. I am sure that Jesus would hold them with the same contempt he held the Pharisee whose prayers were of self-righteous gloating whilst the tax collector humbly begged forgiveness for his inadequacies. I'd rather be Sentamu than someone who passes snide Pharisean comments against him (but at least you are truthful, which is more than can be said for most people who would sympathise with your comment).

Posted by Cheryl Clough at Friday, 11 August 2006 at 10:16pm BST

The ABY is right on when he criticized GW Bush's public remarks: "The Archbishop of York said Friday that U.S. President George W. Bush's remarks that the West is at war with 'Islamic fascists' are unhelpful and counterproductive."

'Fascists'? The GW Bush Administration's policy engineered by the power behind the throne, VP and Bunker General Dick Cheney, an advocate of the imperial presidency and of the outsourcing of torture in violation of international conventions, is more deserving of the 'fascist' epithet than the Muslims living in the U.K. and in the U.S. for that matter.

On the T19 Blog one respondent suggested two kinds of airplanes - one for ordinary citizens and one for Muslims - in order to solve the airlines' security problems. There we go again down the slippery slope of racial profiling.

Posted by John Henry at Saturday, 12 August 2006 at 1:02am BST

Good points John, I keep thinking of the book of Daniel with the two evil factions who make secret deals with each other but neither can be trusted. The modern day parable would be the energy consortiums controlled by Christians versus the energy controlled by Muslims. Especially when one looks at Michael Moore's book "Farenheit 911", or reads Noam Chomsk's latest book "Failed States". It starts to seem a bit surreal like we are in some kind of Star Wars movie - success of the Empire - but at what cost?

Posted by Cheryl Clough at Saturday, 12 August 2006 at 11:39am BST

Sentamu's gibes about Bush and his Texas ranch were uncalled for. Not what one expects to hear from a Christian leader and weakens the impact of the rest of his comments which appear to be reasonably sensible.

Not for the first time I wonder whether Sentamu is in the wrong job.

Posted by GaryJ at Sunday, 13 August 2006 at 12:54pm BST

A bishop makes a stance for peace, and criticises the inflammatory language used by a leader who is known to have lied to his country about the reasons for starting a war and who cynically manipulates the public's fear and simple patriotism to justify the throwing away of the lives of soldiers who volunteer to die for their country's defence, all so his business cronies can have more money! How is this not "what one expects to hear from a Christian leader"? This is precisely what I expect to hear from a Christian leader, actually, and restores my faith in an episcopate which, what with the ravings of Duncan, Iker, Harvey et al has done little to engender any faith lately. Watch the movie Why We Fight. There's a father in it whose son died on 9/11 and who was originally a great supporter of Bush's war effort till he himself, without any prompting, identified Bush lying in a TV interview. You might be a little less protective of the American Taliban .If our leaders cannot stand against Imperialist warmongering, then what good are they?

Posted by Ford Elms at Friday, 18 August 2006 at 2:09pm BST
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