A reader just sent this to me. It really is creepy. Ignorance knows no bounds.
This is Thought for the Day from the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. The speaker is Venerable David Gunn-Johnson, Archdeacon of Barnstaple (in Devon in the far south west of England). 1min 15 he starts talking about Islam. He tells the story of how "pilgrims" came to visit (on their Haj!!!) and he let them stay in the church hall. Sounds a lot to me like Muslim's praying in a place to turn it into a place of worship and claim it for Allah... He also mentions what all the trees and blades of grass will do at the end of days: I'm sure they didn't explain to to him how they'll scream out about the Jews!
I have written to the Ven. David Gunn-Johnson, with my comments on his Thought for the Day. If anyone else would care to comment, I am sure he would be most interested in your views.
What a load of embarrassing codswallop! The neighbouring priest didn't think it necessary to mention that the "pilgrims" were muslim...? Puhleese! And how disrespectful of him: The venerable archdeacon might have prepared a feast for them that included a pork hotpot -- or bacon sandwiches..
The whole shtick is so improbable.
The "pilgrims" were doing their haj: more likely they were doing a reccy: one day all this will be ours.. . I thought they were supposed to do that to the big stone in mecca - not to English country churches, with crucifixes, and staues and forbidden haram thingies all over the show..?
The Ven. was "humbled" when they left. Were they similarly "humbled"? "They were devout men, [wot - no ladies?] fulfilling their dream, content to make the soil of Devon part of their prayers..."
Not only the soil of Devon, your immaculately be-dogcollared Dhimminess, but of every other county of England, too.
Bet the archdeacon knows and admires the work of Dr Hewer:
Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is also a role model for Christians, said a British religious scholar here [Copenhagen] Thursday in his speech at a one-day international seminar on the personality of Prophet Mohammad, hosted jointly by the Copenhagen-based Imam Ali Islamic Center and the Iranian Embassy.
"Many aspects of Mohammad's life can be example to others,and especially Christians," said Chris Hewer of St. Ethelburga's Center for Reconciliation and Peace which is headquartered in the United Kingdom.
Hewer pointed to the Prophet's characteristics like "kindness, generosity, simplicity and mercy" as reasons to use the prophet as an personal example.
The former Advisor on Inter-Faith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham hailed Prophet Mohammad as "a statesman and political leader who always consulted people, especially women and elderly".
The British religious expert reiterated that the "great contribution of the Prophet was his emphasis on the importance of family".
Words fail me!