When I heard this story on the radio this morning, I thought it was faintly ridiculous. Some of the bishops in the Church of England say this would be a “public act of institutional repentance”, as if such a thing were possible.
How can anyone apologise on behalf of someone else? It’s as silly as me hitting someone and someone else apologising on my behalf – even though I might not be sorry.
In addition, who has been wronged? To apologise to Muslim leaders would make out the war was perpetrated specifically against Muslims. Even the most critical opponents to the war, if they know what they’re talking about, knows it was not a war against Muslims for being Muslim.
So we’re having people apologise on behalf of others, to people who quite possibly have not been wronged. Does this appear even slightly silly to these bishops?
Argghhh, even though I’m not an Anglican, but a non-conformist, most people I know don’t see the distinction and I get associated with this show of stupidity. More importantly, these bishops claim to represent Christ and his church. Grrr…. 🙁