'...Let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And by him actions are weighed.' (1 Samuel 2.3)It's tempting to think of Welby's recent embarrassment as a form of divine retribution for his announced venture into the realms of Mammon, albeit one brought about through a less than celestial instrument.
I have to admit, I'm struggling somewhat with the Church's surprisingly flexible attitude to ethical investment:
The Church's Ethical Investment Advisory Group "recommends against investment" in companies which make more than 3% of their income from pornography, 10% from military products and services, or 25% from other industries such as gambling, alcohol and high interest rate lenders.We're told that supply increases to meet demand, so why should the CofE, with its huge financial clout, be prepared to compromise? And how, I wonder, did they arrive at those particular figures; was there a meeting at which someone said, "OK, chaps, we're looking at investing in porn, gaming and usury. I think the key question here is, what would Jesus do?"
While I am not a religious person, I do have strong personal opinions on gambling which include the National Lottery (this has led to some interesting conversations about what I would do if the Spouse won - fortunately the ethical dilemma has not yet arisen). Following their example, I could buy a ticket once a year and still claim to be firmly opposed to gambling.
Is something you find morally objectionable somehow less so if sufficiently diluted?
And, more to the point, isn't being 97% ethical a bit like being 97% pregnant?