Archbishop of Canterbury: Terrorists Can Have Moral Goals

The Anglican Church has a bigger problem than gay bishops. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, has urged America to recognize that terrorists “can have serious moral goals.”

He said that while terrorism must always be condemned, it was wrong to assume its perpetrators were devoid of political rationality. “It is possible to use unspeakably wicked means to pursue an aim that is shared by those who would not dream of acting in the same way, an aim that is intelligible or desirable.”

He said that in ignoring this, in its criticism of al-Qa’eda, America “loses the power of self-criticism and becomes trapped in a self-referential morality.”

Before the war in Iraq, Dr. Williams was an outspoken critic, calling it “immoral and illegal”.

So to sum up: According to the Archbishop of Canterbury, freeing people from a murderous dictator is “immoral and illegal”, but terrorists who kill women and children may actually be pursuing “moral goals.”

I don’t know what book Dr. Williams is using as his moral compass, but I’m not sure it’s the Bible. And that’s a bigger threat to the long-term health of the Anglican Church than his stand on whether to ordain homosexual priests.

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