Sunday, December 09, 2007

Sentamu cuts up dog collar

An interesting form of protest by the Anglican Archbishop of York. Via the Telegraph:
The Archbishop of York has cut up his dog collar live on television in protest against the human rights violations of Robert Mugabe.
John Sentamu pledged not to wear the symbol of the clergy until the Zimbabwean president steps down and urged others to "pray, march, protest and collect money" for the cause of his people.
With Mr Mugabe enjoying the global limelight at the EU's Africa summit in Lisbon, the Archbishop spoke out against the destruction of Zimbabweans' identities.
"Do you know what Mugabe has done? He has taken people's identity and literally - if you don't mind - cut it to pieces," Mr Sentamu told BBC1's Andrew Marr show.
"As far as I am concerned, from now on I am not going to wear a dog collar until Mugabe is gone."


Anonymous said...

How does cutting up the collar make any difference? Will people care that he isn't wearing it? Will Mr. Mugabe?

Little Gidding said...

Better still, wonder if Sentamu just doesn't want to be all "exclusive" n stuff by distinguishing himself--i.e., has become so "liberated" by his theology that he a) realizes he's a hypocrite for continuing to wearing it, or b) doesn't really go along with the whole "priest"-thing anymore, anyway; and does away with the collar by way of a little legerdemain by which he pulls a Mugabe out of his clerical hat.

Little Gidding said...

My conscience has brought me back here. I still have no plausible explanation for Mr. Sentamu's connecting Mr. Mugabe's presidency to his own wearing or not the collar. On the other hand, my comment above definitely strikes me now as going way beyond the evidence in my suggestion of what Mr. Sentamu's actual motives might have been. In truth, I have no idea of what motivated him. And I read my comment now as certainly snarky and most probably sinful. My apologies. Mea culpa.