From the archive: Radical Islam ‘filling moral vacuum’, Bishop warns - 29 May, 2008

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RADICAL Islam is threatening to fill a “moral vacuum” in Britain as a result of a decline in Christian values, a senior Church of England bishop has said.

The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, said the waning influence of Christianity created a lack of principles and endless self-indulgence, which was allowing radical Islam to push its “comprehensive” claims. The bishop said Christianity had brought together a “rabble of mutually hostile tribes, fiefdoms and kingdoms” into a nation conscious of its identity and able to make an impact on the world .

Quoting an academic who blamed the cultural revolution of the 1960s for bringing Christianity’s role in society to an end, he said: “It is a situation which has created the moral and spiritual vacuum in which we find ourselves.”