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LEADER: Dr Rowan Williams

Thursday July 17,2008

By Religious Affairs Staff

THE Archbishop of Canterbury was under fire last night after declaring that Christian doctrine is offensive to Muslims.


Dr Rowan Williams also criticised Christianity’s history for its violence, harsh punishments and betrayal of peaceful principles.


His comments were condemned by MPs and religious commentators. 


Tory MP Philip Davies said: “The archbishop has lost the plot. He is supposed to be leading the Church, not apologising for it. What kind of leadership is this? 


“People are sick to death of this handwringing about things from long ago. Dr Williams should be proud of his Christian beliefs.”


Mike Judge, spokesman for the Christian Institute think-tank, said: “It’s radical Muslims who are the biggest threat to liberty. 


“Why apologise for things that happened hundreds of years ago? You can hardly compare what happened under the Inquisition with problems in the modern world.”


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