IRD Intern @BrianKenMiller Criticizes Rowan Williams, Makes His Point For Him, @TheIRD


Pseudo-Methodist Washington think-tank The Institute on Religion & Democracy has interns.  If the goal is to produce people exactly as confused as they are, they are so nailing it!

Brian Miller is the intern in question.

He picked up on the comments of former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and his comments on Western Christianity and how they misuse the word and idea of persecution.  He said Western Christians need to “grow up” when it comes to how they describe their status in society.  He continued:

Persecution is not being made to feel mildly uncomfortable… I am always very uneasy when people sometimes in this country or the United States talk about persecution of Christians or rather believers… I think we are made to feel uncomfortable at times. We’re made to feel as if we’re idiots – perish the thought! But that kind of level of not being taken very seriously or being made fun of; I mean for goodness sake, grow up. You have to earn respect if you want to be taken seriously in society. But don’t confuse it with the systematic brutality and often murderous hostility which means that every morning you get up wondering if you and your children are going to make it through the day. That is different, it’s real. It’s not quite what we’re facing in Western society.

Mr. Miller proceeds to recount the same things to which Williams is referring.  As if to make the former archbishop’s point, he says:

Unfortunately, [Williams] fails to adequately account for [the] posture of governments against traditional Christian beliefs. The governments and secularists of the West have done far more than merely make light of religion. They have declared the religious worldview to either be flat wrong, or something that should be confined to the private life of individuals.

Far from being made to keep everything we do within the confines of our sacred spaces, Western Christians are very free – yes, very – to pray, praise and protest in the manner which we choose.  Of course, we can’t display our nativity scenes at city hall or infringe on the rights of other religious traditions – especially those who choose no religious tradition.  However, as I told Mr. Miller via Twitter:

To recap, Rowan Williams told Western Christians to “grow up” when it came to misusing the idea of persecution, and an American Christian proceeded to prove him right.

There’s plenty of other things wrong with Mr. Miller’s post, but this is good for now.

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