Should we ever applaud a church leader making a political statement?

I ask because of reports in the UK that the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Church of England, is ready to slam the government's Big Society programme, saying it will be an excuse to cut state support for the vulnerable. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/23/rowan-williams-big-society...

Like most liberals I'm inclined to give him a cheer. But I'm also slightly troubled by the thought that if he was supporting the programme I'd be thinking it wasn't his business to go public with it; and just last week I complained about the CofE, or at least a group within it, coming out against gay marriage.

We're on safer ground in the UK than in the States, as churches are not such a political force, and the CofE is generally a pretty harmless institution. But I wonder whether people think that churches have any legitimate role in politics, or if they should just butt out?

http://mark-say-writer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/bearded-bishop-and-bi...

Views: 7

Tags: Britain, politics

Comment

You need to be a member of Think Atheist to add comments!

Join Think Atheist

  

Events

Blog Posts

Labels

Posted by Quincy Maxwell on July 20, 2014 at 9:37pm 16 Comments

Services we love

We are in love with our Amazon

Book Store!

Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!

Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com

In need a of a professional web site? Check out the good folks at Clear Space Media

© 2014   Created by Dan.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service