I’m sure we need a Courageous State – and maybe a Courageous Church too

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St Paul's has clearly given the signal to the police to clear #occupylondon camped on its doorstep this afternoon.

Is that surprising?

Look at the list of sponsors of the Cathedral including:

Lloyds TSB Group plc
An Independent Trust Associated with Barclays
City of London Corporation
City of London Endowment Trust
The Schroder Foundation
Goldman Sachs International
The Worshipful Company of Mercers
UBS Investment Bank
McKinsey & Company
N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd
Skandinaviska Enskilda Bank
Prudential Plc
Slaughter & May
Electra Partners LLP
Land Securities
Standard Chartered Plc
JPMorgan Cazenove
J.P. Morgan
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity
Canary Wharf Group Plc
Man Group Plc Charitable Trust
London Stock Exchange
The Worshipful Company of Grocers
American Express
The Coutts Charitable Trust
The British Land Company Plc
HSBC Holdings Plc
In the face of that what has happened? St Paul's has asked those seeking to protect the 99% form the 1% to very politely go away.
It's clear whose side St Paul's is on.
Each evening St Paul's sings the Magnificat (it's part of Evening Prayer) It says:
My soul magnifies the Lord……,
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
Not at St Paul's he doesn't. The rich he welcomes with open arms. It's the poor he sends empty away.
And  can say unambiguously St Paul's has got this wrong.
My new book is The Courageous State. It looks like we need a Courageous Church too.