The Taliban can be admired for their conviction to their faith and their sense of loyalty to one another, the new bishop for the British Armed Forces has claimed.
The Rt Rev Stephen Venner called for a more sympathetic approach to the Islamic fundamentalists that recognises their humanity.
The Church of England’s Bishop to the Forces warned that it will be harder to reach a peaceful solution to the war if the Afghan insurgents are portrayed too negatively.
His comments came as the Prime Minister visited Afghanistan and warned that the Taliban was fighting a «guerilla war» aimed at causing «maximum damage». Gordon Brown said soldiers were discovering improvised explosive devices every two hours.
Bishop Venner stressed his admiration for the sacrifices made by the British forces fighting in Afghanistan but also urged the need for a reassessment of how the Taliban are viewed.
«We’ve been too simplistic in our attitude towards the Taliban», said Bishop Venner, who was recently commissioned in his new role by Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
«There’s a large number of things that the Taliban say and stand for which none of us in the west could approve, but simply to say therefore that everything they do is bad is not helping the situation because it’s not honest really«
«The Taliban can perhaps be admired for their conviction to their faith and their sense of loyalty to each other».
Besides their attacks on the armed forces, the Taliban have also been responsible for public beatings, amputations and executions and have launched bomb attacks on the civilian population in Afghanistan.
The bishop said that some of their methods of combat are not honourable or acceptable, but argued that it was unhelpful to demonize them.
Earlier this year, Peter Davies, the mayor of Doncaster, claimed that British society could learn from Taliban family values. He said that under the Taliban, Afghanistan had an «ordered system of family life».
Source: The telegraph.co.uk.
The Anglican Bishop does his best to pave the way for the new religion of all faiths. The message is that «God is good», and even the Taliban has to be included among the children of the Most High.
This utter non sense, and can only come out of the mouth of someone who serves the anti-Messiah. The Anglican Church seems to be full of such priests and Bishops.
Islam is a false religion, and Taliban soldiers and the Muslims in Afghanistan alike, are on their way to hell. Likewise with this Anglican Bishop, if he does not repent and tell people the truth.