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    First black archbishop receives racist hate mail

    THE TIMES

    By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

    THE new Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, described yesterday how he received racist letters, some smeared with excrement, since his election as the Church of England’s new No 2 this year.

    Dr Sentamu, the Church’s first black Archbishop who will be installed at York Minster next month, said that he did not believe Britain was a racist country. He did not know whether the senders were Anglicans or not because the letters were anonymous.

    He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that his response was to pray for God’s love and mercy for the letter writers.

    The Archbishop, who in common with several other recently installed bishops is deliberately opting for a more informal “inauguration” rather than enthronement, said: “It has been terrible. Some of it has been awful.”

    Asked if he felt angry about the hate letters, he said: “Yes, particularly when they had human excrement in them. I don’t want to have those sorts of things and I say, ‘Why do people do this?’ “I don’t know who they are. They don’t tell you. They simply say ‘I am Mr White X’ and ‘Nigger go back — this is what you’re like and where you come from’.”

    He continued: “In the end, when I get these letters, I actually pray for the people who have written them.”

    The Ugandan-born Archbishop said that he had received many letters of support from people in York, urging him not to be disheartened by the abuse.

    He added: “This country, of all the places I have been to, is the most tolerant and welcoming of all places. Therefore, this tiny minority is not going to stop me from telling people that if we become a society of friends and a society that will discover the wonderful love of God and Christ, we have a chance of leading the nation in prayer.”

    Dr Sentamu, a member of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry that claimed there was “institutional racism” in the Metropolitan Police, said that he did not want to be seen as “the black Archbishop” and did not think that his colour was the reason for his selection by the Crown Nominations Commission.

    As Downing Street’s favourite bishop in the Church, Dr Sentamu was chosen because of his unique abilities, his strong faith and missionary vocation and also for the qualities he would bring to the role as the northern provincial partner of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

    Acknowledging the latter, Dr Sentamu said: “I am sure the Crown Nominations Commission looked at a number of bishops.”
    He prophesied that his partnership with Dr Williams would be a “very creative one”.

    He also referred to the Oxford lectures delivered by a the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey, 44 years ago, when Ramsey noted the rapid growth of the Anglican Church in Africa and said he was looking forward to the day when there would be a black Archbishop at York to work in partnership with Canterbury. He acknowledged the Church’s declining membership, its “ups and downs”, and said it was too easy for a Christian tradition to become complacent.

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    I don't give a damn about the christian church, but to give a black man that title (or any high title) in England (which is a white country) is just idiotic. The counsequences will be dire if the English do not change their attitude about this.

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    ...some smeared with excrement...
    They can't match my DNA from poop, can they? :redface:

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    the scraping action of a high-fiber diet
    would have a lot to do with that.

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    the scraping action of a high-fiber diet
    would have a lot to do with that
    They can't match my DNA from poop, can they?

    ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.....lol:speechles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidenlord
    ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.....lol:speechles
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    They can't match my DNA from poop, can they?:redface:
    how would your dna get mixed in to that?

    was arcturus a participant?

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