Islam is reviving British values’, says former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

Islam is rejuvenating “British values”, the former Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed while lambasting sections of the press for presenting Muslims as “un-British”.

Rowan Williams was giving a speech at the annual Living Islam Festival in Lincolnshire on Friday, discussing what British values were and how Muslims could affect them.

He said one of the greatest gifts to Britain had been bringing back “open, honest and difficult public discussion”,the Times reported.

Asked if he thought Islam was restoring British values, he said: “Yes. I’m thinking of the way in which, for example, in Birmingham we have seen a local parish and a mosque combining together to provide family services and youth activities, both acting out of a very strong sense that this is what communities ought to do. ”

Dr Williams was one of several speakers at the event organised by the Islamic Society of Britain, which saw thousands of people gather for four days of talks, debates, music, worship and bazaars.

The now Master of Magdalene College in Cambridge praised both Christianity and Islam for working towards community cohesion and promoting a sense of duty.

But in comments reported by the Guardian, he also objected to the notion of British values, saying they should be more universal.

“The setting-up therefore of British values against any kind of values, whether Muslim or Christian, just won’t do,” he said.

David Cameron is today calling for tough action to be agreed by Nato in response to Russia's destabilisation of UkraineThe 


 Minister said the UK needs a ‘more muscular approach’ to promoting British valuesHis comments have provoked less controversy than some previous statements on Islam.

While still Archbishop of Canterbury in 2008, he sparked a row by saying the use of sharia in some aspects of British law was “unavoidable”.

British Muslim organisations welcomed Dr Williams’ latest remarks but secular groups objected to the suggestion that religious belonging is necessary for social responsibility.

David Cameron has been leading the charge to promote “British values” in the wake of the Birmingham Trojan Horse scandal, with suggestions that children should be taught about the Magna Carta at schools.

In the Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister wrote: “We need to be far more muscular in promoting British values and the institutions that uphold them.”

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  • R.C. Christian

    This man is a false prophet. He is leading his followers astray.
    Matthew 18:6
    “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

  • R.C. Christian

    Christ warned us about being indifferent to his word. Williams should repent immediately.
    Revelation 3:15
    15’I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16’So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

  • Sabyasachi

    OMG!What else can I say?

  • daemon

    Can’t blame him for being stupid. He is Christian after all…

    • letmeeatcake

      …yes…atheist stalin, mao, pol pot etc. would lock stupid christians up long time ago…this man very stupid…however you are very stupid in you own special way…

  • Alexander Becker

    2) British Actor And Korean War Veteran Sir Michael Caine :

    ” You marry the person you love and religion is secondary. My wife [Shakira] is a Muslim and she does Muslim stuff; I’m a Christian and I do Christian stuff, and no questions ever come up. The media view of Muslims is different from mine, which is very benign and peaceful. “

    • Harold

      You are correct, a hand grenade doesn’t explode until you pull the pin. Try criticizing mohammad and see how peaceful that little wife is, if she is really a muslim!

  • Zoran

    Oh dear – this man led the C of E, I wondered where Prince Charles got his disloyalty to Christ from.

  • Harold

    Anyone ever hear of a wolf in sheep’s clothing? You have now!

  • letmeeatcake

    …in the country i live islam blow up a market ever couple of weeks…this man obvious feel very fat safe and comfortable in his little clergy nest…

  • ‘Islam is rejuvenating “British values”’

    Funny I don’t seem to remember much stoning of raped women or chopping off of peoples heads in British history. (Other than Cromwell)

    Maybe he is thinking of France? lol