Looks like the idiot prince of Wales will be the first ‘defender of the faiths’– Â in accordance with his wish. However, if he is the Â ‘defender of faiths’, then there is nothing worth defending, or is there?
The coronation of the next monarch will include a role for people of other faiths besides Christianity, in a break with a thousand years of history, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.
Church of England leaders have accepted the need to be “hospitable” to other faiths within any future service at Westminster Abbey, in order to reflect the spiritual diversity of modern Britain.
The Church has resisted calls for a multi-faith service in recent years, preferring to stress that the Christian nature of the coronation is preserved by law. (More/thanks to Vlad)
One member of the General Synod, the Church’s governing body, said in 2006: “We should not pander to political correctness. This is a Christian country and so the coronation service must remain exclusively Christian.”
2006 Â was a long time ago.
Prince Charles praise for Islam on October 27, 1993, at the Sheldonian Theatre at Oxford:
“Our judgement of Islam has been grossly distorted by taking the extremes to the norm.Â For example, people in this country frequently argue that the Sharia law of the Islamic world is cruel, barbaric and unjust. Our newspapers, above all, love to peddle those unthinking prejudices. The truth is, of course, different and always more complex. My own understanding is that extremes, like the cutting off of hands, are rarely practised. The guiding principle and spirit of Islamic law, taken straight from the Qur’an, should be those of equity and compassion.”
The Defender of (all) Faith(s) had this to say:
“Islam can teach us today a way of understanding and living in the world which Christianity itself is poorer for having lost. At the heart of Islam is its preservation of an integral view of the Universe. Islam-like Buddhism and Hinduism-refuses to separate man and nature, religion and science, mind and matter, and has preserved a metaphysical and unified view of ourselves and the world around us. But the West gradually lost this integrated vision of the world with Copernicus and Descartes and the coming of the scientific revolution. A comprehensive philosophy of nature is no longer part of our everyday beliefs.”
Prince Charles said a few words in praise of Islam at the Foreign Office Conference Centre at Wilton Park in Sussex on December 13, 1996:
“There is much we can learn from that Islamic world view in this respect. There are many ways in which mutual understanding and appreciation can be built. Perhaps, for instance, we could begin by having more Muslim teachers in British schools, or by encouraging exchanges of teachers. Everywhere in the world people want to learn English. But in the West, in turn, we need to be taught by Islamic teachers how to learn with our hearts, as well as our heads.”
SourceÂ Middle East Quarterly
Prince Charles has converted over to the dark side of Islam:
“Did you know that Prince Charles has converted to Islam. Yes, yes. He is a Muslim. I can’t say more. But it happened in Turkey. Oh, yes, he converted all right. When you get home check on how often he travels to Turkey. You’ll find that your future king is a Muslim.”Â Grand Mufti of Cyprus