Goodness, you’ve got to wonder at some people.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is said to be overwhelmed by the “hostility of the response” after his call for parts of Sharia law to be recognised in the UK.
Friends of Dr Rowan Williams say he is in a state of shock and dismayed by the criticism from his own Church.
All the main political parties, secular groups and some senior Muslims have expressed dismay at his comments.
However, the Bishop of Hulme, the Rt Rev Stephen Lowe, criticised the “disgraceful” treatment of Dr Williams.
The BBC understands from sources who work on Christian-Muslim interfaith issues that Dr Williams has faced a barrage of criticism from within the Church and has been genuinely taken aback by how his words were received.
Clearly he lives in some sort of alternative universe where he is not the head of the Church of England!
The BBC then put’s in it’s two cents worth.
Islamic Sharia law is a legal and social code designed to help Muslims live their daily lives, but it has proved controversial in the West for the extreme nature of some of its punishments.
Ho Ho. It’s just a system for making people happy, what are we all complaining about?
But seriously, you’ve got to wonder what the guy was thinking…
BBC News religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott says both traditionalists and liberals in the Church have their own reasons for criticising Dr Williams.
Traditionalists maintain that English law is based on Biblical values and that no parallel system could be tolerated in the UK.
Liberal Anglicans believe giving Sharia legal status would be to the detriment of women and gay people.
Of course, we “traditionalists” are also concerned about the treatment of women under shiria, and we’re not that crash-hot on their treatment of gays either.