Lord Carey: Coincidence of Views?
When you follow politics in depth, sometimes you begin to see patterns emerging, certain people keep popping up. Right now the person I’m watching is former Archbishop Lord Carey, who’s made two interventions in recent weeks on issues close to my heart.
This week’s outburst of Carey appearances has surrounded immigration, where he has tied to sound as compassionate as possible whilst in effect peddling the same old lifeboat theory, or more accurately excuse, about only being able to save so many people before the ship sinks. He’s put the cap at 70m and futhermore, has decided to add acceptance of the domination of Christianity in Britain as an entry citerion. Whatever he says, its very unlikely this is a policy that can fulfill the commandment to “Love Your Neighbour” in today’s Globalised World.
There is no doubt that Lord Carey is highly respected by those in positions of power; he was handed a life peerage when he retired from the previous post. But this says rather a lot about him. He’s very much the politician’s Archbishop. I do wonder whether Dr Rowan Williams would accept such an offer, or indeed whether he’d be given one after his denouncing of greed in the banking sector, for instance.
Lord Carey also decided to wade into the Father Tim row. This might seem like an alternative viewpoint from within the church, the media setting up and filming division inside the church, but it later came to my attention that Lord Carey has also taken up membership of the World Economic Forum, an exclusive club for the thinkers and doers driving Globalisation, neo-colonial land grabbing and privatisation of essential services around the world.
Its very sad to see someone who has been so involved in the Church becoming a mouthpiece for big business, but that is, sadly, what the experience of watching anyone being adopted as a friend of the World Economic Forum looks like. Even Bono’s talk becomes considerably more measured when he’s there, and it was at the WEF that President Lula began his demise.
It has been at the forefront of the push to make global poverty a post-political issue; one where we simply accept that there is consensus and that somehow we all have the same desires on the issue, and the same needs to resolve it, as if there is no conflict between free development of Africa and the West’s goals to dominate the continent for centuries to come.
I was reading the book “The Myth of a Christian Nation” by Greg Boyd, which I bought shortly before Christmas. I don’t agree with everything the man has to say, as he loses all sight of a centre-margins analysis, but he does say some wonderful things about the damage done through aligning the church with the power structures of this world. If recent appearances are anything to go by, I think Lord Carey may be becoming the premier example of this phenomena in the UK. This is very sad indeed, for it will cripple our ability to oppose the government from out of the margins on issues of injustice facing those we seek to serve. Its a difficult situation to challenge, as further division will help no one, but its one we must if we are to keep the Church’s ability to speak out.