Sunday, 9 December 2007

The worst kind of racist dictator

Cutting up the collar in protest

The Archbishop of York, second in the Church of England (a church well known for it's pussy footing around and tacit appeasement of islamofacism), has come out with a scathing attack on Mugabe.

The Archbishop of York today cut up his dog collar on live television in a protest over the rule of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.

Dr John Sentamu said he will refuse to wear the clergyman's badge of identity until Mugabe is out of office.

The Archbishop, second in the hierarchy of the Church of England, will not replace his dog collar "even for the Queen", aides said.

His demonstration came as controversy surrounded the presence of the Zimbabwe ruler at the European Union's summit with African leaders in Lisbon.

Gordon Brown has boycotted the meeting rather than come face-to-face with Mugabe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused him of "damaging Africa" , adding: "We don't have the right to look away when human rights are trampled on."

Dr Sentamu is a long-standing critic of Mugabe. Earlier this year the Ugandan-born Archbishop described him as "the worst kind of racist dictator" and called for him to be isolated with the same kind of economic and sporting sanctions that were used against South Africa in the apartheid era.

Today, the Archbishop criticised the African leaders who have rallied round Mugabe and who still see him as a freedom fighter who liberated his country from white rule.

Dr Sentamu took out a pair of scissors and cut up his dog collar on BBC One's Andrew Marr Show.

"As an Anglican this is what I wear to identify myself, that I'm a clergyman," he said.

He said he would not wear the item again until Mugabe had left power

"Do you know what Mugabe has done? He has taken people's identity and literally, if you don't mind, cut it to pieces.

"So, as far as I am concerned, from now on I am not going to wear a dog collar until Mugabe is gone."

The decision not to wear a dog collar means that the Archbishop will appear in public in an unadorned Church of England bishop's purple shirt. He will not wear the dog collar with archepiscopal robes during services, even on state occasions.

The detachable dog collar is thought have been invented in the 1800s while the collarino - material which partially covers the white collar and is common with Roman Catholic clergy - is thought to date as far back as the 17th century.

According to research carried out in 1976 by the Church of England's Enquiry Centre, the dog collar became popular with Anglican clergy during the Oxford Movement in the 19th century.

The Archbishop said that African leaders who support Mugabe are displaying "pernicious, self-destructing racism.

"A white man does it, the whole world cries," Dr Sentamu said. "A black person does it, there is a certain sense of, oh, this is colonialism.

"I am sorry, I don't buy this. Africa and all the world have got to liberate Africa from this mental slavery and this colonial mentality - whenever there is anything you blame somebody else instead of yourself."

The Archbishop said of Zimbabwe, where many shops are empty of basic foodstuffs and only one in five people have a job: "Mugabe has turned his country from a bread basket into a basket case.

"He has actually taken a country really into a sheer chaos and he has been so brutal that in the long run the world has got to say, if the South African people and leaders won't do it, something has got to happen."

Dr Sentamu called on Christians to "pray, march and protest" over Zimbabwe as they did over Ian Smith's white-ruled Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa.

"As Christmas comes around, spare a pound for a child starving in Darfur and in Zimbabwe. Let this money be collected so that when the time comes, people can actually have their houses and their homes rebuilt."


Renegade Eye said...

I returned the favor and linked back to you.

I think Mugabe has enough opposition, to be overthrown from within. It's fragmented, and needs a program.

When a colonial government is overthrown, it's mandatory yo destroy the old institutions, not only take them over. Mugabe even accepted the debt of the former regime.

marvin said...

Thanks renegade ;)

There's opposition, but like you say they need to organise and unite.