Is there hope for the C. of E. after all? John Derbyshire notices this op-ed wherein George Carey, retired Archbishop of Canterbury, calls, oh so cautiously, for limits on the influx of muslim immigrants into England:
"Last year nearly a million votes were cast for the British National Party. We cannot ignore the fact that such far-right groups exploit genuine concerns about both overpopulation and the ability of this nation to integrate new communities whose values are sometimes very different, even antithetical, to our own.
"In Dagenham, where I was brought up, there is a very real danger that a white working-class electorate, alienated by far-reaching social change and largely ignored by the mainstream parties, could vote for a BNP Member of Parliament...we play into the hands of the far Right if we do not seriously address [these] concerns..."
The sheer numbers [Enoch Powell, please call your office] of migrants from within Europe and elsewhere put the resources of Britain under enormous pressure but also threaten the very ethos or DNA of our nation [emphasis added].
"Democratic institutions such as the monarchy [?], Parliament, the judiciary, the Church of England, our free press and the BBC...support the liberal democratic values of the nation. Some groups of migrants, however, are ambivalent about or even hostile to such institutions...
"...the idea that Britain can continue to welcome with open arms immigrants who immediately establish their own tribunals to apply Sharia, rather than make use of British civil law, is deeply socially divisive...
"...what I am saying is that those who seek to live in this country recognise that they are coming to a country with a Christian heritage and an established Church. Just as we should expect immigrants to subscribe to democratic principles, abide by our laws, speak English, support freedom of speech and a free press, so they should also respect the Christian nature and history of our nation with its broad, hospitable Establishment."
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At which point Derbyshire quite rightly invokes Dr. Johnson: "It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."