Islam is the real threat to the church, says Synod member

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London, June 28 : An evangelical lay member of the General Synod and a former magistrate who is attending the Gafcon Summit in Jerusalem, has said that the Gordon Brown Government needs to be more strict in preventing the growth of Muslim communities that don't want to integrate with other communities in Britain.

Alison Ruoff believes the New Labour Government is soft-pedalling on this issue out of politically correct sensitivity.

Ruoff had earlier this year called for a halt to mosque building in Britain. Now, she claims that the Church of England "is sleepwalking into an Islamic state, and hopefully we can unite against it."

She says that under an Archbishop of Canterbury who said it is inevitable that elements of Sharia will be introduced in the UK, the church has not done enough to put its message across.

"The leaders of the church have lost their confidence in the Gospel. We have got an Archbishop of Canterbury who doesn't stand up for Christianity but wants a degree of Sharia law. The church should be getting out with the Christian message," The Telegraph quoted Ruoff, as saying.

"Our Government is allowing it to happen out of political correctness, but it should be protecting our values and heritage," she added.

Over 1,000 conservative Anglicans have been meeting in Jerusalem this week to develop a new movement within the worldwide Communion, in order to combat liberals who they say are departing from the Bible's teaching by supporting gay clergy.

Next week the General Synod, the Church of England's parliament, gathers in York to discuss the introduction of women bishops without provisions for those who oppose the historic move, which could see dozens of conservative clergy leave the church and claim millions in compensation.

"People are genuinely worried. There's a general concern in the nation about its building blocks being rapidly eroded. But we are very afraid of the law and of being persecuted. The police in many respects are standing up for Islam rather than Christianity," Ruoff claimed.

She fears that if these communities introduce Islamic law, they will treat all non-Muslims and women as second-class citizens.

Ruoff believes a complete split is justified as liberals, particularly in America, have departed so far from the traditional teaching of the Bible and church rules by consecrating an openly gay bishop.

A final statement is to be signed by Gafcon leaders on Sunday.

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