In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
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Thank You UK Muslims: Rowan Williams
CAIRO — In an unprecedented move by a Western Christian leader, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has praised British Muslims for bringing back religion and ethics into public life.“I think Islam has made a very significant contribution to getting a debate about religion into public life,” Williams, the leader of the Anglican Church, told the Muslim News.
“And I think it’s very right that we should have these debates and discussions between Muslims and Christians and others in public.”
Britain is home to more than two million Muslims.
This is the first time a Western Christian leader thanks Muslims for bringing back religion to a secular Western society.
Last November, Head of Vatican’s Department for Interfaith Contacts Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran praised Muslims for bringing religion back into the public life in Europe.
Williams, the leader of the Anglican Church, lamented the unfriendly atmosphere for faith in British society.
“If we are not allowed as religious people to talk and argue about these issues in public then I think society has become a rather unfriendly place for religious people and that’s not helpful change.”
Williams, criticized the West’s Christian leaders for failing to bring their societies away for the devastating and dominating materialism.
“(They were unable to) turn around our society which was being driven by materialism,” he said.
“(I hope) to see leaders listening specifically to the more ethical challenges that faith brings.”