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Monday, 29 May 2006
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Is there are real chance Prince Charles will convert to Islam?  Some interesting speculation over at Gates of Vienna resulted from a report about an unstereotypical Anglican bishop:

Here at Gates of Vienna we’ve become accustomed to the moribund irrelevance and passivity of the Anglican Church, both in the United States and in Britain. Thus it took smelling salts to revive us when we heard about a bishop in the Church of England who actually defended his faith against the encroachment of mushy multiculturalism.

To make the affair even more poignant, the bishop in question was born in Pakistan. Here’s the report from The News:

A leading Anglican bishop has attacked the trend towards what he called a multi-faith mish-mash in ethnically diverse Britain, and said it was time to reassert the country’s Christian identity.

Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali also questioned heir-to-the throne Prince Charles’s desire to be seen as a defender of all faiths, not just Christianity, when he takes over as monarch.

Pakistani-born Nazir-Ali, whose family background is both Christian and Muslim, pitched into an emotive debate about national identity in a country deeply shocked last year when four British Islamic militants killed 52 people in attacks on London’s transport system.

The bishop argued that the basis of British society, from the monarchy to its laws, was “Christian constitutionally”.

“All our values come ultimately from the Bible,” he told BBC radio.

Isn’t that a bit over the top? I mean, the Bible is all very well, but, really

Then he has the nerve to assail the current heir to the British throne:

As the future titular head of the Church of England, Prince Charles has said he would like to be known as “Defender of Faith” rather than “Defender of the Faith.”

Bishop Nazir-Ali took issue with the heir to the throne, saying: “The coronation service is such that whoever takes the oaths actually takes oaths to defend the Christian faith.”

“You can’t defend every faith because there are very serious differences among them,” he added.

This is the crux of the matter: not all religions can be reconciled with one another. Islam has its own hallowed scriptural basis for refusing reconciliation with all other faiths.

I’ve been expecting Prince Charles — based on his fatuous pronouncements from recent years — to undergo a prominent conversion to Islam in the not-so-distant future.

Is this expectation warrented by the facts?  It seems if Prince Charles did convert to any religion, the law would prevent him from assuming the throne--or force him to abdicate if he were already king.

The Act of Settlement (1701): "The Sovereign must, in addition, be in communion with the Church of England and must swear to preserve the established Church of England and the established Church of Scotland. The Sovereign must also promise to uphold the Protestant succession."
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Posted on 05/29/2006 6:11 AM by Robert Bove
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31 May 2006
Ron
A while ago, I posted this on my blog, about Charles's possible conversion to Islam. It's a reconceived New York Times front page: http://blogovia.blogspot.com/2006/03/perhaps-one-day-in-near-future.html RON

29 May 2006
Send an emailEsmerelda Weatherwax
It is also interesting that the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr George Carey (who freed from the constraints of being Archbishop is now saying some very forthright things about Islam) warned Charles that his interest in Islam was hindering his developement as a Christian.
There are always rumours that he has already converted, in Turkey while the Princess of Wales was alive. But these can be discounted as he still receives Holy Communion in the Church of England. It would take much more taqyyia than I believe him capable of to do that while being even a closet Muslim.
I believe that he will not become king. I don't know why, but I have always had this feeling, even before he proved to be a twit.
Both his sones are in the army. Both have indicated their desire to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan when it is their regiment's turn to be deployed there. At the moment they are a more popular choice.

29 May 2006
Send an emailMary Jackson
It is extremely unlikely that Prince Charles will convert to Islam. He is a woolly headed left over hippy, who talks to plants and believes in coffee enemas. His apparent fondness for Islam is a product of his wishy washy, mushed up brain, rather than any strong belief.