FORMER Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Williams, has expressed irritation over crybaby Christians constantly banging on about how badly they are being treated.
Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, he urged those who complain of ill-treatment for their beliefs in Britain to “grow up”, and said that their grizzling made him “very uneasy”.
He added the level of “not being taken very seriously” or “being made fun of” in Britain and the United States was not comparable to the “murderous hostility” faced by others in different parts of the world.
Lord Williams, who stood down from his role as Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of 2012 and is now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, said his perspective had been drawn from meeting believers from all faiths suffering around the world.
When you have any contact with real persecuted minorities you learn to use the word persecuted very chastely. Persecution is not being made to feel mildly uncomfortable.
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.
I think there’s also a general cultural habit of making light of religion which is reinforced by a lot of the press and by our entertainment. I don’t lose a lot of sleep over it.
And he made the very valid point that:
You have to earn respect if you want to be taken seriously in society.
Baroness Neuberger, Britain’s second woman rabbi who was chairing the discussion, added religious people may just:
Need to make their case better.
But it’s precisely because they have no case that so many of them are treated as imbeciles.