Well, perhaps not, but he would seem be attempting to out-surrender them when it comes to logical thinking. Melanie Phillips lays it out for us:
First, he used his sermon at Canterbury Cathedral to rebuke the most prosperous for having yet to shoulder their load in the economic downturn.
And then in an article for yesterday’s Mail on Sunday he wrote that the poor should be absolved of any responsibility for their own circumstances.
Ah, yes. We are all victims, unless we are wealthy. Hezekiah 3:14, if I remember correctly.
[T]he notion that those who have behaved immorally or irresponsibly should be treated in exactly the same way as those whose behaviour has been irreproachable is itself profoundly amoral.
Of course, no one chooses to be poor. But some people do choose lifestyles that cause them to become poor — such as choosing not to work, or deciding to bring up children on their own.
And what was so disturbing about Dr Williams’s observation was that he seemed to be negating the importance of such choices.
Indeed, by demonising the better-off while investing the poor with a halo, he came close to suggesting that wealth — however honestly or arduously earned — is intrinsically evil, while poverty is a holy state.
Sounds positively medieval, doesn’t it? If one didn’t know better, one would think the good Archbishop was simply re-purposing some papal bull from the 1300s.
Dr Williams’s view, however, effectively treats the poor as less than human. The essence of being human, after all, is to be capable of moral choice. And all of us, rich and poor, are capable of making those choices.
The choice to be honest rather than fiddling the benefits system. To work, however demeaning the job, in preference to taking state charity. To bring children into the world only where there is a committed father to help bring them up.
But if people who make immoral — or amoral —choices benefit from these, that creates a fundamental injustice throughout society. For there is no surer way of undermining and demoralising those who refuse to cheat the system or who are living lives of self-restraint and responsibility.
Yet that is precisely what our non-judgmental culture of dependency has given us — the moral degradation of an entire society.
The Bible does not say that all judgment by humans is proscribed. Rather, in the famous “judge not lest ye be judged” section, we are reminded that we cannot use one set of rules for others–thinking that we are exempt from those same rules ourselves. Such an understanding of judgment serves to restrain us from thinking that we are better than others and encourages us to temper our judgment with mercy and grace. A complementary passage is the one which says “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
The good Archbishop’s apparent attempt to absolve those who are materially poor–with no regard to the actions which put them (and in many cases hold them) in that state–is completely without biblical basis and speaks to his sad surrender to modern politically correct thinking.
Do go read the entire article.