Originally coined by Vladimir Lenin shortly after the Russian Revolution, it refers to wealthy Westerners who favored the Bolsheviks in their revolution. It is usually followed by “The capitalists will sell us the rope we will use to hang them.”
Some Churchmen or women really shouldn’t be allowed out without a responsible adult to supervise them, and one such Churchman is an Oxfordshire vicar who has shown an appallingly naive attitude to Islam after plans were submitted to convert a former shop in the town of Chipping Norton, into a mosque.
Showing a breathtaking ignorance of history, and also of the nature of Islam, the Reverend David Salter, team vicar in the Chipping Norton team of St Mary’s Church, said in the Hereford Times: “We welcome people of faith in Chipping Norton and welcome plans to support people in their faith. Christianity and Islam have much in common and we would want to work together in serving people in Chipping Norton.”
You may welcome people of faith, but it helps to be aware of what sort of faith is being practised, would you for example welcome a branch of the Church of Satan in your parish, probably not, so why welcome a faith that oppresses Christians worldwide?
Islam no matter how much you may want it to be, has very little in common with Christianity. As I said in a previous article, unlike Christianity and the New Testament, Islam has very little room for manouvere when it comes to interpretation of its guiding book, the Koran. Muslims are not permitted to say, for example that ‘The prophet Mohammed was wrong to rape a 9 year old girl’, they are just not allowed to even consider such a statement, because the prophet Mohammed is considered a perfect man for all times and places.
It appears that a Muslim member of the local council is not satisfied with hiring a room in the local town hall for prayers, but instead wants to convert a shop into a Mosque.
The Hereford Times said:
“Town councillor Tahirul Hasan has submitted an application to West Oxfordshire District Council to convert a former shop on Hitchmans Mews, just off West Street, into a Muslim place of worship.
The father-of-three, who has lived in Chippy for 24 years, intends to rent the ground floor room for prayers five times a day, seven days a week.”
It is gobsmacking that a vicar, of all people, a person who it is to be supposed has had some training and education in religious history, should support such an enterprise. Islam when it dominates, oppresses Christians, it doesn’t help them. If the Reverend Salter doesn’t believe that, then he should look to the plight of Christians in places like Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh and a whole host of other places.
Maybe one day when the Reverend Salter finds that his ‘kumbaya’ attitude comes back to bite him and his parishioners on the arse, he may consider the lack of wisdom of his statement and his over welcoming attitude to Islam in Chipping Norton.
The Hereford Times (or its parent company), as usual when it comes to issues surrounding Islam, appears to have suspended comments on this story. Maybe they are worried that some of the 55% of British people surveyed last year who would be concerned about a mosque in their area might want to have their say.
Reverend Salter, you may mean well but your lack of knowledge of Islam, definitely gets you nominated for one of this blogs ‘British Neville Chamberlain of the Month Award’
Addendum: I’ve offered via email the Reverend Salter the chance to reply either publicly or privately and it will be interesting to hear his point of view. I fully respect what may be a genuine desire to bring people of different beliefs together but I feel that he has been naive in how he approaches the subject of Islam.
Hereford Times article on Chipping Norton’s proposed Mosque
Guardian article quoting survey stating that 55% of Britons would be concerned about a mosque in their area.
For the education of the Reverend Salter here are the pages from International Christian Concern about the persecution of Christians in the Islamic world
Fahrenheit211’s British Neville Chamberlain Award
Islam, Jihad and non Muslims explaining the difference between the levels of interpretation allowed in Christianity, Judaism and Islam