[Ed. – What’s British for “nincompoop,” again?]
Prince Charles’s coronation should include a reading from the Koran, a Church of England Bishop has said. Lord Harries of Pentregarth, a retired Bishop of Oxford, said that such a gesture at the traditionally Anglican service would be “creative” and make Muslims feel “embraced” by the nation.
Speaking in the House of Lords yesterday, the retired bishop, who continues to serve as an assistant in the Anglican diocese of Southwark, said that the Church of England should be “exercising its historic position in a hospitable way.”
Speaking of a civic service held at Bristol Cathedral last year, he said that authorities had agreed that a passage from the Koran should be read out before the Christian service started. “It was a brilliant creative act of accommodation that made the Muslim high sheriff feel, as she said, warmly embraced but did not alienate the core congregation,” he said.
“That principle of hospitality can and should be reflected in many public ceremonies, including the next coronation service.”
Prince Charles has previously stated that when he becomes king he wants to be seen as “Defender of Faith”, rather than “Defender of the Faith” – a title traditionally used by British monarchs, first bestowed on Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521.