Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Idiot of the day, part 2

Via the Telegraph's Holy Smoke blog, and Dhimmi Watch, I come across the simply bizarre story of the Rev Ann Holmes Redding, formerly director of faith formation at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, still an ordained minister, and, for the last fifteen months, a practising Muslim.

Yes, you read it correctly: an ordained Christian cleric, and a practising Muslim. Miss Redding justifies her rather unusual theological stance thus:
At the most basic level, I understand the two religions to be compatible. That's all I need.

It wasn't about intellect [that much is obvious - FR]. All I know is the calling of my heart to Islam was very much something about my identity and who I am supposed to be.

I could not not be a Muslim.
Redding also has some pretty anti-Christian views, for a vicar, describing Christianity as the "world religion of privilege". And she's not very keen on white people either, saying that going to a black-dominated Muslim centre reminded her "that there are more people of colour in the world than white people, [which] in itself is a relief".

So, what has the Episcopal Church made of this racist, Christianophobic, Muslim vicar? Oh, they're all for it. The Rt Rev Vincent Warner, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, "finds the interfaith possibilities exciting". Well, I suppose that's one way of putting it, although it's not quite the word I'd have used.

Bizarrely enough, there is something of a precedent for this, within the Anglican Communion, of which Miss Redding's Episcopal Church is a part. In September last year, it was revealed that a Church of England vicar, the Rev David Hart, had retained his licence to practise, despite converting to Hinduism. And the Archbishop of Canterbury was famously ordained as a druid, although he has denied that druidism has any pagan connotations.

How this story will progress is unclear. But, from the comments at Dhimmi Watch, I know that I'm far from being the first person to imagine that it might all end in tragedy, as her Muslim half follows time-honoured Islamic tradition, and attempts to behead the wicked infidel with whom it shares a body.

3 comments:

AgainsTTheWall said...

That our political and religious elite will convert to Islam when they feel it is appropriate to do so is a given. Too many of them have no real convictions other than self-advancement.

Fulham Reactionary said...

I'm not sure that we will see the wholesale conversion of our political elite to Islam. Rather, I suspect that what we shall see is Muslims entering the political elite in increasing numbers, and the shrinking non-Muslim elite becoming increasingly dhimmified (if that is possible), until eventually, some decades down the line, we have an elite that, reflecting society at large, is majority Muslim. Of course, we may well see some conversions to Islam on the way: Prince Charles would seem an obvious bet.

MrSmith said...

"there are more people of colour in the world than white people, [which] in itself is a relief"

It's a relief that there are more non-whites than whites? Wow, and I thought 'hideously white' was bad.