Drawing conclusions hard to do in history

info@islandpacket.comJune 18, 2013 

I am extremely irritated by the letter, "President's toadies trying to protect him." I am annoyed at the lack of knowledge of history, so I put together a little story:

Once upon a time, in a place called England, there lived a King, Henry II. Like all kings, he wanted the powerful Anglican Church on his side, so he named his chancellor, Thomas Becket, who wasn't even clergy, first priest, then bishop, and on the same day, archbishop of Canterbury. That's what kings could do. No need for Congress or Parliament at the time.

But Becket was not loyal to the king and challenged him by not wanting to accept that clergy be tried in the king's court -- even if guilty. So when the king asked what Becket had done with the money that passed through his hands when he was chancellor, Becket ran to France. Naughty Becket. Do you think he was squeaky clean?

Six years passed and the two old friends made up, but Becket still didn't want to absolve the two bishops he had excommunicated while in France because of their loyalty to the king.

It so happened that four knights decided they were going to take care of the problem, and as it happened most regularly at that time, they found Becket in the cathedral and killed him in 1170.

By the way, the cathedral is a beautiful example of English Gothic architecture and you should visit if you have a chance.

Marisa Sherard

Lady's Island

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