Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, has been one of the saner voices among the senior Anglican clergy. Using his status as an immigrant to shield himself from accusations of "racism", he has criticised the behaviour of Muslims in the UK, and has attacked multiculturalism, even daring to suggest that there were many positive aspects of the British Empire, not least the work of missionaries in converting African pagans to Christianity. This has been in welcome contrast to the continuing idiocy of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, who has apologised for - among many other things - the work of Christian missionaries in Africa.
However, of late Dr Sentamu has been reverting to the Rowan Williams mould. In March he ordered the nation to apologise for slavery, and now he has placed an advert in his local paper commanding the British people not to vote for the BNP.
Dr Sentamu follows in the footsteps of the Bishop of Blackburn and the Evangelical Alliance, who have previously told the faithful not to support the BNP. One can only suppose that Dr Sentamu, along with his reverend colleagues, is unconcerned about the prospect of an Islamic Britain. Certainly, it seems that he is deeply opposed to the only party that has raised serious objections to the increasingly likely prospect of such a situation coming to pass. As so often, I am drawn to ask, who would the Archbishop of York, and those who think like him, have us vote for, instead of the BNP? Because none of the main parties are even addressing the problem, while UKIP seem to think that the world will be free of all problems just as long as we're out of the EU.
(Cross-posted at ATW)