LETTER: Arrogance of the Church of England

once again, the arrogance and feigned piety of the Church of England has raised its head.

In his column “Have Faith”, the Rev. John Hallows exposed what would appear to be a slightly racist tendency by using the phrase “even by the standards of his Muslim faith” in the context of the death of Osama Bin Laden.

I am not a believer in God, nor a follower of any faith, but am fairly convinced the Qur’an does not endorse or encourage the large-scale killing of human beings any more than the Bible does, although even a cursory reading of the Old Testament might lead a casual observer to think violence and retribution is indeed what is required from Christians.

I am not a regular reader of the column, and so am not aware of the usual tone of the opinions printed, but by using the words he did last week, Mr Hallows has at best demonstrated a serious lack of understanding of a religion practised by many of the residents of our area.

At worst, he has displayed the reason why there is so much hatred and violence in the world; the intolerance and bigotry that seems to be the foundation of so many people’s alleged faith.

HUW DAVID

Wheatley Lane Road, Fence