‘Respect’ means taking somebody else in their own terms; letting them define what they believe, what they think, who they are. It means trying to find a settlement that allows them to recognise in whatever emerges that their views have been taken seriously. (Rowan William, Archbishop of Canterbury, 2012).
Katherine Schori was made Primate in 2006. She is the first woman to attain this status in the Anglican Communion. And that happened in 2006 in USA.
Today in England the admission of women to the Episcopate is a matter of strong dispute. Last November the General Synod Of the Church of England voted against the Reform. It has been on the society agenda for years. But failed to pass because the opponents suggested that whenever a parish would request a male bishop, that should be provided. Opposition comes from theological doctrine and tradition. Today 16 November 2012 strikinapose popped in St. Michael Church in Wood Green, London and asked the mass attendants their takes about women bishops.
Isabel, 86, said that women and men have different roles. Women are excellent at their thing but would not be good bishops, in her opinion.
Anyway the decision of the Synod provoked a diffuse outcry inside the Church and out. Some advocate the intervention of Parliament. In the diocese of Hereford women were urged to wear aprons in sign of protest.
The fact is that in the Church of England women have been ordained priests since 1993. They have been readers since 1861. And most people don’t understand why it takes so long to admit them in the Episcopate considering that in 2010 more women then men were made priests. Neither do we…
In Arab countries you make friends for life. The people were genuine, emotional, family-focused, hospitable. They understood their tradition and the past, and they really understood that they had a completely different future.
Kevin Roberts (2005)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a writer and former member of Holland Parliament.
Of Somali origin Hirsi Ali spent her childhood in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia. Suffered what she perceived as impositions and restrictions of societies regulated by authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism.
Excised and made marry by her family to a completely stranger she fled to Europe and asked asylum in Holland.
Here she first studied Political Science and then was hired as Researcher by the Labour Party. Hirsi Ali raised to public fame denouncing the downside of multiculturalism as it was administered in Holland. Advocate of freedom of expression and of a womanhood fully active in the social economic and political context she abhorred the islamic religious school which in her opinion perpetrated obsolete values not in line with democracy. For her views she entered the Liberal Party and inspired by her personal experience and by keeping in touch with immigrants from her origin country, Somalia, Hirsi Ali felt that it was time to take the condition of muslim immigrant women in Holland into the political debate.
After the short film Submission directed by Theo Van Gogh and written by Hirsi Ali aired on television and its sequel was announced a number of death threats were issued against the pair and culminated with the ferocious assassination of the director himself. He was found shot dead with his throat cut and a letter stabbed o
n his chest. The letter listed all the crimes committed by Ayaan and sentenced her to death. After this episode Ayann Hirsi Ali lived for long protected by secret services and after a row in Parliament which threatened her dutch citizenship she left Holland for USA.
Her political experience stirred a lot of controversy. No doubt. But she successfully contributed to instigate conversation inside the muslim community in Holland and a dialogue with the larger dutch society.