"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Beggaring Belief

Leaving aside the legal ethics and philosophical debate, I read this story with incredulity.  A vicar in York has said that it's okay to steal if you're poor.   Reverend Tim Jones offers a weaselly justification for his Sunday sermon:

“I would ask that they do not steal from small family businesses but from large national businesses, knowing that the costs are ultimately passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher prices. I would ask them not to take any more than they need, for any longer than they need.."

Rev Jones said that shoplifting was a better option than burglary, prostitution or 'mugging' for hard-pressed parishioners but the Ten Commandments makes it quite clear, in two places, that he's mistaken:
  1. Thou shalt not steal
  2. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's oxen
If this is the calibre of thinking within the Church of England  there's no wonder it's going down the pan and there's a growing movement for disestablishment.

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