Rowan Williams Tells ‘Persecuted’ British Christians To ‘Grow Up’: Former Archbishop Urges Perspective

Huff post: Western Christians need to “grow up” and stop complaining of “persecution,” said Lord Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

His experiences abroad meeting victims of actual religious persecution and violence led him to urge British Christians to make the distinction between feeling “mildly uncomfortable” and “the systematic brutality and often murderous hostility which means that every morning you get up wondering if you and your children are going to make it through the day.”

Williams said:

When you have any contact with real persecuted minorities you learn to use the word ‘persecuted’ very chastely. 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.


His statements are timely considering the current violence against Christians in Egypt, where over 30 churches have been torched in conjunction with the political upheaval. Coptic Bishop Angaelos of the United Kingdom issued a statement warning of the “very real risk upon the life of every Christian,” and Pope Tawadros II has suspended weekly public events in Egypt due to safety concerns.


Categories: Europe, UK

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