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Government officials see traditional Christians as extremists, says Archbishop of Canterbury

November 08, 2016

English government officials lack “religious literacy,” and are therefore likely to view Evangelical Christians as extremists, the leader of the Church of England has said.

Dr. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said that government officials often do not recognize a distinction between Islamic militants and traditional Christians, and are likely to see both groups as “a bit bonkers.” He said:

It’s fine to reject and condemn many of the things done in the name of religion but you still need to understand what it is that can so catch hold of someone that they think life itself is not worth living if that contradicts what they believe.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 09, 2016 4:57 AM ET USA

    Catholics are called by Christ to be counter-cultural extremists. We are to be extreme in upholding virtue and condemning vice, in rejecting lukewarm or contrary attitudes about the extreme value to the world of Catholic dogmas and moral truths, about laying down our lives rather than committing a single sin against God, about physically defending our Church when it is under physical assault, about teaching truth and reality in our schools when certain leaders insist on "shades of gray."