In Reply to: Thanks posted by Miguel on April 18, 2003 at 10:31:15:
Apologies to anyone who felt that my original post was unfriendly.
However, l do think that my point is legitimate and that there is a long and noble tradition of christian socialism, particularly in British history that goes back a long way. Harold Wilson, the leader of the British labour party in the sixties, always maintained that his socialism had more to do with Methodism than Marxism. William Wilberforce, the leader of the movement for the abolition of slavery, and his followers were socially minded christians. Lord shaftesbury, probably the greatest social reformer of the Victorian era, was motivated by his christianity. In more modern times Trevor Huddleston, the late Anglican Bishop of Stepney who was a tireless campaigner against apartheid upheld these traditions.
I personally am apalled by many aspects of right wing American christian fundamentalism, especially when it is coupled with, what to European eyes, often comes across as a self righteous attitude that seems to say that we are God`s own country and that the American way is superior to all others.