The Collar Stays Off
The Archbishop of York, The Most Revd and Right Hon John Sentamu, has today re-affirmed his commitment to speak out against the 'oppressive and corrupt' regime of Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe.
In a televised interview with the broadcaster Andrew Marr, on 7 December 2007, Archbishop John Sentamu removed his clerical collar, and with a pair of scissors proceeded to cut it up. Archbishop Sentamu said that this was a 'prophetic statement as Robert Mugabe had slowly but surely cut up the identity of the Zimbabwean people into tiny pieces.'
After five years without wearing his clerical collar, the Archbishop of York said he did not expect to still be collarless.
Passing comment on the British Government's considerations to ease some of the sanctions against Mr Mugabe and his allies, the Archbishop said that he was not convinced that the time had come to weaken international opposition to the 'irresponsible, undemocratic, lawless, and at times brutal regime'.
The full press release from Archbishop Sentamu can be read here