BREXIT supporters have slammed the Archbishop of Canterbury after he bizarrely praised the EU as one of the biggest achievements in history.Leo McKinstry in the Daily Express, June 7, 2018 has it right:
Justin Welby sparked a backlash after calling the union the "greatest dream realised for human beings" since the Roman Empire fell in the fifth century.
He also claimed the Brussels bloc – ruled by unelected bureaucrats – had brought "peace and prosperity" to its member states.
The staunch Remainer was accused of being out-of-touch, with former Ukip leader Nigel Farage branding him "delusional".
Archbishop Welby said: "The EU has been the greatest dream realised for human beings since the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
"It has brought peace, prosperity, compassion for the poor and weak, purpose for the aspirational and hope for all its people.
But the religious leader insisted Brexit would not led to the end of the EU.
Speaking at a Christian conference in Serbia last Sunday, he said: "Europe is not in danger of falling.
"And there is no sense in which I suggest that Brexit or other crises currently around will derail the European Union or bring about the downfall of Europe.
"To suggest that would be akin to the old English saying that when there is fog in the Channel then the continent is cut off.
"But Europe, like other parts of the world, is in a fragile phase.
"Current geo-political uncertainty is unsettling.
"In my part of the continent there is a nation attempting to leave the EU, on the other edges of the EU such as here there are countries and peoples keen to get in."
But David Jones, a former minister in the Department for Exiting the EU, said he was "astounded" by the Archbishop's anti-Brexit comments.
He said: "The European Union is not democratic – it is the world's greatest bureaucracy, it is governed by unelected commissioners.
"If the Archbishop of Canterbury thinks that this is utopia then he has a very different view of most Britons.
"It is an indication of the way the Anglican church is out of touch with the people of this country."
Fellow Tory MP Nigel Evans said the "majority of UK citizens" disagreed with the Archbishop.
He told the Mail: "Most Church of England parishioners tend to be older who were the ones who most voted leave.
"I think the Archbishop has a widely distorted view if he doesn't see this wasteful expensive and dictatorial protectionist racket for what it is."
Ukip leader Gerard Batten added: "They say God moves in mysterious ways, but never as mysteriously as the Archbishop.
"The UK has done more to spread liberty, peace, prosperity and the overthrow of tyranny than the EU, and we are far from perfect."
JUSTIN Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is a woeful spiritual leader. Under his failing stewardship the decline of the Anglican Church has continued to accelerate.
As the pews empty and the congregations dwindle, his brand of Christianity is becoming ever more irrelevant in our national life.
Yet, for all his inadequacy, Welby serves one useful purpose. He is an utterly reliable barometer of politically correct thinking.
On almost every issue from welfare to immigration, he can be guaranteed to spout the latest fashionable orthodoxy.
Like so many in the modern priesthood, his creed seems to be based more on progressive ideology than the traditional Christian faith.
That reality was dramatically highlighted in a speech he gave this week in Serbia, where he demonstrated the fervour of his attachment to the EU.
Speaking to an assembly of European churches, he extravagantly declared that the Brussels bureaucracy was not only “the greatest dream realised for humans” since the end of the Roman empire, but also had delivered “hope for all its people”.
In further exultations he claimed that the EU had brought “peace” and “prosperity” to the continent.
In its devotion to the commissars of Brussels, this was an extraordinary address. It might have been thought that an Anglican cleric would regard the Christian gospel as the greatest message of hope.
But no, this prattling prelate wants us to look to the edicts of the EU for inspiration and guidance.
His worship of Brussels is deluded.
He shamefully ignores the central role that Christianity has played in building European civilisation over the past 1,500 years, whether it be in the arts, the law or our moral code.
Just as absurdly, he wilfully neglects all the historic progress made in Europe that had nothing to do with Brussels, such as the spread of the printed word, the industrial Revolution, the advance of medical science and the arrival of liberal democracy.
It insults our intelligence to pretend that the monstrously awed political institution of the EU is more important than the Renaissance in the story of mankind.
Indeed, the catalogue of supposed achievements that he ascribes to the European Union is baseless.
He talks of peace but it was Nato, not the EU, that protected Europe from Soviet tyranny, just as it was Nato that helped to end the conflict in the balkans in the 1990s after Brussels had stood impotently by.
Far from promoting stability, the EU has brought Europe soaring crime and terrorism through its obsession with free movement, precisely the reason why there has recently been such a eurosceptic populist revolt against Brussels across the continent.
Welby blathers about challenging “the divisions of our societies” but it is the EU, with its dogmatic inflexibility and lack of accountability, that helped to create those divisions and distrust.
Sweden used to be one of the most peaceful, egalitarian places on earth, a byword for liberalism. now, thanks to open borders under EU membership, it is a crime-fuelled land of fear.
Just as empty is Welby’s talk about EU prosperity. In truth, the EU is a vast engine of debt, over-regulation and job destruction, as shown by the brutal unemployment rates of young people in southern Europe.
For Greece, the price of EU membership has been savage austerity, for Italy sclerotic growth. If the european Community had remained a common market of free nations, then the outcome might have been different, but the aim of the ideologues was always to use economics as a vehicle to bring about the political goal of the federal superstate.
That is why Welby’s prognostications on Brexit are such nonsense. With the political sanctimony so typical of progressives, he claims the EU withdrawal vote was driven by “fear of the other”, as if the result were a triumph for bigotry.
But what really motivated Brexit was the natural human wish for democratic control over our own laws, trade, justice and borders.
There is nothing ignoble or prejudiced about such an instinct. As Welby should recognise, the desire for freedom from unelected foreign rule has been behind so many of the great, anti-imperial liberation movements in history.
By contrast, there is nothing uplifting about the EU. It is the enemy of European democracy, nationhood and heritage.
Europeans used to be united by shared values based on the ethics of our Judeo-Christian civilisation. The tragic paradox is that the EU, while ruthlessly seeking political unification, has obliterated that real sense of unity through its twin dogmas of mass immigration and cultural diversity.
In fact, the EU is explicitly anti-Christian. During the discussions about the EU constitution in the 2000s, there was a suggestion that the document might make a reference to Europe’s Christian roots.
The very idea was arrogantly rejected by Brussels, not least because it was feared that Turkey, then a candidate for EU membership, might be alienated. The constitution was never implemented but the dismissive attitude remains.
The bitter irony is that the EU, so disdainful of Christianity, has all the trappings of a cult itself, including an exploitative leadership, an army of brainwashed followers and a blind adherence to the founding doctrine despite all the evidence of its failure.
Tellingly, the EU is now desperate to punish Britain for the crime of heresy.
The Archbishop should know better than to act as a cheerleader for this arrogant, destructive oligarchy.