A simple point. I really, really hope that before anyone, not least a Baptist, feels the need to pass comment or judgement on what Rowan Williams has to say about Sharia law, they will:
1. Read what he actually says, rather than what the media reports. The speech can be found here. And if you read it and don’t really understand it, then don’t comment.
2. Read 1 Corinthians 6.1-8.
3. Remember that, if you think that exploring such complex issues is not something that a bishop should be doing in a ‘Christian Country’ then you may be some kind of Christian and you may even be some kind of Anglican, but you are no kind of Baptist.
Update: as usual Ben is right on the money. I continue to rejoice at the prospect that ultimately this will lead to the realisation that what is needed is not room for more religious law, but a more explicitly secular legal framework that does away with notions of representing Christian values and traditions; which would mean that the disestablishment of the Church of England is the obvious next step!