I fully support Rowan Williams in this row. I know I’m an American and not an Anglican/Episcopalian, but nevertheless, I support Williams and what he said (which by the way, can only be enacted when both parties want to use Sharia law). A leader should bring up this sort of idea and so to dismiss what he said by relegating it to an academic exercise is a way of dismissing Williams and what he said, rather than actually having the backbone to engage it. Its time to face reality, those immigrants actually live in the UK now and call it home. Don’t start sounding like the Minute Men.
As for what Williams said, it is actually not such a radical idea and is already in use in some places in UK law apparently. If there would be a discussion of the content of what the Archbishop said – rather than discussing the validity of him speaking, which by the way is perfectly fine for him to do, especially on something so important for the country he lives in – the Brits might have to face their own form of xenophobia (one that I am sure America has helped create by explicitly associating terrorism with Islam).
Lastly, this is academics hitting the ground. This is the “ivory tower” being practical and accessible. After all sorts of moaning and crying about academics and theologians sitting in their ivory tower and talking about things that don’t ever touch the ground, this actually touches the ground and people have the gall to tell him to go away? If his content is wrong, maybe he should back down (though I doubt it), or maybe he should be commended for raising an issue that ought to be raised, despite the xenophobia.
Keep it up Kim.