The new Anglican bishop to the armed forces of England has apologized over comments he made about how the Taliban in Afghanistan could be admired for their "conviction to their faith."
The Right Reverend Dr. Stephen Venner said his words had been taken out of context by the Daily Telegraph of England in its December 14, 2009 edition.
"I'm not trying to support the Taliban," he told the BBC. "At the moment what they are doing is evil."
Bob Russell, a member of England's Parliament, accused Bishop Venner of aiding the enemy. Russell said, "What you never do is give comfort to the enemy."