The Rev Dr Peter Mullen is Rector of St Michael, Cornhill and St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the City of London. He is Chaplain to six Livery Companies of the City of London and has written for many publications including the Wall Street Journal.
The Archbishop of Canterbury makes excuses for a criminal mob while turning his disapproval on the forces of law and order
In an uncertain world, we long for one or two things, at least, to be entirely predictable. Thankfully, we can rely on the Archbishop of Canterbury to be one of these things. He has just given us his views on the causes of the summer riots in towns and cities up and down the country.
Dr Rowan Williams blames “massive economic hopelessness” among the rioters. Against this assertion, we need to understand that those who rioted were a very small minority of the youthful poor. So when the Archbishop cites material causes in order to account for riotous behaviour, he thereby cast a slur on the overwhelming majority of the poor who did not riot.
He adds: “Too many of these young people assume they are not going to have any ordinary, human, respectful relationships with adults – especially those in authority, the police above all.”
So the rioters don’t like the police much? Wow! That does come as a revelation. Violent lawbreakers resent the forces of law and order – whatever next? There is more of this sort of wisdom:
Read the full story here: The Daily Telegraph