John Sentamu, the Ugandan born Bishop of York, yesterday began a weekly column in the Sun on Sunday’s inaugural issue.
His message was laudable; he criticised the government for launching a scheme which offers the unemployed an unpaid period of work, during which hopeful volunteers have an opportunity to impress the employer sufficiently to be offered a real job.
But should any English Bishop – or in fact any thinking adult, agree to put pen to paper in such a ragbag of a newspaper?
I think not.
Looking at the Sun’s history of sensationalism, from the eccentic fiction of “FREDDIE STARR ATE MY HAMSTER” to the hurtful lies of “SOME FANS URINATED ON THE BRAVE COPS” and “SOME FANS BEAT UP PC GIVING KISS OF LIFE” it is DOWNRIGHT BONKERS that a church elder – or anyone with an ounce of grey matter – should write a column that supports this bucket of crap.
It jsn’t so long ago that I criticised Fabio Capello’s appointment as England football manager on the grounds that since he was culturally Italian his brain was incapable of communicating fluently with English supporters through the sports pages of the British press.
The Bishop falls victim to a similar criticism. His Ugandan cultural upbringing led him naively to think he would be taken seriously by writing in the Sun.
No, Bishop, you got it wrong. You won’t be taken seriously, and you shouldn’t have accepted the offer. If you continue to add your weight to this comic, far from relating to the non believing masses you will erode the attraction of Christianity as a serious philosophy further still.