Religious hostilities, it seems, are reaching troubling new highs. It’s perhaps in that context that we should view the recent court summons issued in England against President Thomas S. Monson.
The non-Mormon Oxford-educated political commentator Charles C. W. Cooke considers that summons in a forthright article:
England may be in the process of becoming a very, very weird — and an even more insular — place. A kind of secularists-only treehouse. Or, perhaps more precisely, there seem to be many there who would like it to become such. Consider, for example, the reaction to the 2010 visit to the United Kingdom by Pope Benedict XVI, when more than a few British voices (and not merely those on the street) called for him to be stripped of the legal protections normally afforded not only clergy but foreign heads of state (which the pope, as leader of Vatican City, legally is) and prosecuted for his alleged “crimes.”