Britain no longer a Christian country, and it’s time to rid public life of Anglicanism, panel says

Dec 16, 2015

by John Bingham and Steven Swinford

LONDON — Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, a top-level inquiry into the place of religion in society has concluded, provoking a backlash from politicians and the Church of England.

A two-year commission, chaired by the former senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and involving leading religious leaders of all faiths, calls for public life to be systematically de-Christianized.

It says the decline of church-going and the rise of Islam and other beliefs mean a “new settlement” is needed for religion in the U.K., giving more official influence to non-religious voices and those of non-Christian faiths.

The report triggered a quarrel Sunday night as it was condemned by cabinet ministers as “seriously misguided,” while the Church of England said it appeared to have been “hijacked” by humanists.

The Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life document says:

• Faith schools are “socially divisive” and the selection of children on the basis of their beliefs should be phased out

• The number of Church of England bishops in the Lords should be replaced with imams, rabbis and other non-other non-Christian clerics as well as evangelical pastors

• Acts of worship in school assemblies need to be be abolished and replaced with a “time for reflection”

• The coronation service for the next monarch ought to be overhauled to include other faiths

• Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s should include non-religious messages.


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7 comments on “Britain no longer a Christian country, and it’s time to rid public life of Anglicanism, panel says

  • Don’t you just love it when politicians set up a working group that studies a subject for months, taking into account the views of all concerned, and returns a factual answer – then the politicians just pretend they knew the right answer by divine inspiration all along, and tell us that the working group have got it wrong without saying why?

    Politicians, aye … if you didn’t laugh …

    Peace.



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  • @OP – Britain no longer a Christian country, and it’s time to rid public life of Anglicanism

    Historically, Anglicanism did Britain a great service in breaking the domination of Catholicism, but that time has passed.

    While there is merit in the state keeping some control over the dominant religion, the problem is the feed back in the system, which makes this control a two way process.

    A head of state required to be steeped in woo as head of the church, is unhelpful, and having bishops (or aristocrats, or political stooges), entitled to seats in the upper chamber of parliament, ought to be dumped as antiquated obsolescence, and replaced with some sort of elected meritocracy.



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  • Anglicanism did Britain a great service in breaking the domination of Catholicism

    I think it opened the door to wave after wave of lesser schisms, but most importantly validated the interpretations of individuals and broke the sinister mind control of the Magisterium.

    It was the important first step in the windy path down from totalitarian religion. It made the Enlightenment possible.



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