I ran across this cartoon in the Guardian this morning, and it really has me pissed off. The picture depicts Rowan Williams being burned at the stake by an angry mob carrying homophobic and other hateful slogans. I'm assuming that these characters are meant to be the GAFCON attendees, considering that FOCA (Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans) is mentioned on one of the signs. The cartoon, however, is completely inappropriate in how it twists the truth. It only fans the flames of hatred by suggesting that conservative Anglicans want anyone to burn in hell, or want in particular to kill Rowan Williams as punishment for heresy. Steve Bell is miles out of line for saying as much.
It has been bad enough that news reports have mischaracterized the work of GAFCON as some schismatic venture, as well as the reporting on Williams' response to GAFCON that says he has accused the movement of breaking away from the Church. These are fabrications of what is really going on, usually by people who are entirely ignorant of what we talk about. But now we have a depiction of an actual burning at the stake, and I think this image could only be intended by its author to stir up hatred. The Church doesn't need this sort of intrusion from cartoonists bent on disrupting real dialogue, and someone from the Church of England should condemn it.