Peter Hitchens’ take on the George Bell Controversy

Peter Hitchens, a columnist for the Mail on Sunday, has written a very able defense of George Bell, the former Bishop of Chichester in the November issue of the London Spectator.    It is remarkable that the accuser in this incident has remained anonymous and the evidence against Bell has remained out of public view.   Without collaborating evidence, the matter should not be brought out into the open.  The  Church of England has violated the Bible’s own standards of testimony by taking the word of just one witness.  2 Corinthians 13:1 states as follows:

Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

English Common Law is the foundation for our right to a jury trial where one is tried by due process with a jury of one’s own peers.  In this day and age, the standards of common law in England have been under attack by professed “reformers” such as Simon Jenkins, columnist for the Guardian, who stated in 2013 “Juries should go the way of ducking stools and vestry duty.”    It seems that fair hearings are going the way of the dodo and George Bell’s indictment and conviction on the testimony of one person without a jury seems to be a sign of the decline of liberty in the West.

 

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