Muslims call for 'no-go' CoE bishop to resign
It's hard to predict what number the band will play, but one thing is sure: the curtain's been raised. The Telegraph reports:
Religious groups have demanded the resignation of the Bishop of Rochester after he claimed that Islamic radicals had turned parts of Britain into "no-go" areas for non-Muslims. The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali wrote in The Sunday Telegraph that fundamentalism had made some communities hostile to Christians and those from other faiths.
But Mohammed Shafiq, from the Ramadhan Foundation, said: "Mr Nazir-Ali is promoting hatred towards Muslims and should resign."
Mark Steyn was the canary in the coal mine. Now that the gas has reached the main gallery the problem is now whether to inhale or hold their breaths. Having gone so far to appease the most menacing of its multicultural menagerie the politically correct class must now decide whether to fish or cut bait.
The virtues of cutting bait are already apparent to the Great and the Good. Problem? We ain't got no steenkin' problem? Fear? Yes we're afraid -- afraid of hurting other people's feelings. They can tell that to the Royal Marines, if they don't abolish them first.
William Hague, the shadow foreign secretary, said: "I don't think that view is factually correct. I'm not sure where these no-go areas are, I don't recognise that description."
But Bishop Goddard said that Christians, who are outnumbered in many parts of Blackburn, were frightened that their ideas could be misinterpreted by other faiths and seen as a form of oppression.
"It is not fear that there is going to be retaliation but it is a fear that you get it badly wrong and cause hurt to others of integrity of other faith you did not intend," he told The Daily Telegraph.
Neither the Islamic outrage against Bishop Nazir Ali's observation nor the precipitate retreat of the nation's cultural elite before their wrath should come as a surprise. Anybody could have predicted that. But in abandoning any pretense of leadership the Great and the Good have left the direction of events up for grabs. They've gone and hidden among their bottles of chardonnay and musty furniture. This little squall around the Bishop of Rochester is of no consequence. What's really significant is the possibility there is no one left who is bold enough to man the tiller.