Former Archbishop of Canterbury Refuses to Apologize for Remarks on Islam

March 27, 2004

Source: BBC News

On March 27, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The former Archbishop of Canterbury has defended a speech made in Rome in which he accused Islamic societies of contributing little to the world. Lord Carey said his lecture on Thursday also contained criticisms of Western culture and was a balanced appraisal of Islam and Christianity's relationship. The former Anglican Church head told BBC's Newsnight: 'I do not apologise for the things I say.' But Muslim leaders said he was 'ignorant in the true faith of Islam.' Speaking in Rome on Thursday, Lord Carey said Islamic regimes were authoritarian and committed to power and privilege. He said not enough moderate Muslim leaders had condemned suicide bombers. Referring to the culture's contribution to society, he lamented the lack of any great invention saying it was 'a puzzle.'"