Friday, February 10, 2006

See what you miss if you’re not paying attention?

The Anglican Church, finger on the pulse as ever, has chosen this week to follow through on its recent decision to apologise for slavery.

Good to know that today’s modern church is not afraid to take a stand on the controversial topics of the moment.

I understand the logic and the value of this apology, and support it whole-heartedly, of course. As a believer myself, I see the church as an institution standing with one foot in eternity, which gives such statements a resonance beyond the now. There are souls long dead who will take direct and personal comfort from its having been made, or who will at least – from their current timeless perspective - take a charitable view of the intentions of those making it.

But I can’t shake the nagging feeling that there is something else the General Synod could usefully have spent a few minutes on just now…


Joyful crowds greet the news of the Anglican Synod’s timely announcement.

53 comments:

R. Sherman said...

I really don't keep track of these things, but have the Anglicans apologized to the Boleyn and Howard families?

Cheers.

PMJ said...

Slavery was a constant theme in most cultures for uncounted centuries, but it was the Royal Navy which took the first effective steps to end it once and for all.
Who are they apologising to? Many of us must be descended from or have ancestors who were slaves of the Romans, Vikings, Moors, other Brits and so forth.
Slavery is the common cultural inheritance of all of us, its just that the people who the Anglican Church think they need to apologise to are the most visible recent victims.

Gorilla Bananas said...

Heh! I must remembers to send an e-mail to Muttawa about starting a cartoon strip starring the Prophet's cat. You'd see the Prophet hand's giving him a saucer of milk and telling him to be pious. The cat would thinking: "Yeah, yeah, it better not have curdled like last time".
I think it could be a smash hit in Saudi.

PI said...

Born and bred amidst Lancashire cotton mills I am proud of my forebears who in 1862 supported President Lincoln in his fight against slavery, which resulted in them being denied access to raw cotton, which caused unemployment and incredible hardship with the young amd the old dying from privation. 'I know and deplore the sufferings which the working people of Manchester and in all Europe are called to endure in this crisis.'
These are the working people I recall from my youth before the rot set in.
Carry on.
Pat

HA HA HA said...

dont worrry im sure teh c of e wil get aruond to apolagizign for teh cartons soon enuogh. its on the to-do list somehare batween the pleistocene large mamal dieoff in north ameraca an thermopylae.

Ivan the Terrible said...

Hi Randall - 'fraid not, but then the Catholics never apologised to Lady Jane Grey's folks, either.

Welcome PMJ. Good point re the Vikings - an apology from those flaxen freaks in Scandinavia is clearly long overdue. I'd go out and burn a Danish flag, but apparently they're all sold out for some reason.

Hi GB. A brave yet reasonable proposition, tho' not one I think Mutti will leap at. I'd prefer a more Viz-like treatment, a la Eight Ace, with Mohammed pissed up in the shed and his wives refusing to let him in the house. No-one could possibly object to that, surely?

Pi - that's a valuable example of what robust morality was capable of back in the day when society was prepared to teach and enforce it (and I don't just mean through religion). If we had that sort of foundation now, would we see so many $200 trainers on Britain's chavvy feet?

And 3H - I'll thank you not to mock our grief! I'm still pretty upset and offended about Thermopylae, as a matter of fact...

HA HA HA said...

wel tahts esy for u to say. ur not a large mammel.

Ivan the Terrible said...

Have you been talking to my wife?

Anonymous said...

Has the C of E apologized for Ptolemaic cosmology yet? Not that that charlatan Galileo was any more right than Ptolemy, but still...

Also, I expect Archbishop Carey to issue a formal apology at some time for his corporation frowning upon our wearing cotton jeans and nylon shirts during the crazy '70s:

"Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee." (Leviticus 19:19)

--Desargues

Ivan the Terrible said...

"neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee"? Woah. I am *so* going to Hell...

Aunty Marianne said...

When are the French going to apologise for 1066? Huh? When!

And whilst we are at it, the Italians can apologise for 33 AD. What did they ever do for us, anyway.

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