Would you believe it? Those damn atheists are just as bad as George W. Bush. They're using 9/11 as justification for their chicanery, same as da Bush! Sheesh! What is this world coming to?
So says Lord Carey, who served as the Archbishop of Canterbury, thus being "the most senior cleric in the Church of England between 1991 and 2002."
According to Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent for the Telegraph.co.uk, this pretentious prelate "said the destruction of the World Trade Center by Muslim fanatics marked the start of a new war waged by 'aggressive and strident' writers such as Professor Richard Dawkins."
Oh, my! Aggressive and strident. That's scary!
It's too bad, says Lord Carey, because the "'unpleasant and reactionary' tone of those who dismiss all faiths has widened the divide between religion and science, creating a 'dialogue of the deaf.'"
Hmm. Lord Carey believes there is a "divide between religion and science." He evidently does not think that is a good thing. Writing negatively about all religions widens that divide. Therefore, one should not write negatively about all religions."
Do you suppose he would think it OK to write negatively about some religions, say Islam or Hinduism?
Lord Carey is not crazy, but he goes off the deep end when he tries to tie the writing of Richard Dawkins or any other atheist to 9/11. But he does. "September 11th 2001, is a key date in modern history," he says. "It is usually taken to represent a watershed between West and Islam, and this is true. But it is also the date that symbolises a growing split between faith and reason, illustrated in the hostility to all religions by Richard Dawkins and others."
The Right Reverend Carey seems to feel that attacks on religion and the vagarities of religion should be off limits for they upset people.
On the other hand, Lord Carey does make sense on another issue which has become divisive not only among certain Christians and non-Christians but even within the wider Christian community; the pseudo-scientific issue of creationism.
Atheists, says Lord Carey, are in the right when they criticize the "pseudo-science" of creationism. "Creationism," the reverend notes correctly, "is the fruit of a fundamentalist approach to scripture, ignoring scholarship and critical learning, and confusing different understanding of truth.
So, I'd say Carey is one for one, and that's not bad for a Church of England cleric!
But there's more to the story of Lord Carey:
Some think Carey, "a champion of orthodoxy," is a divisive force in the Church of England, and he has been banned from speaking at a Cathedral. Story here.
In Jerusalem, he said he was "ashamed" to be an Anglican. Read about it here.
Beckford's complete article here.
Lord Carey's official Website is here.