A typically sparsely attended church service in Britain

A typically sparsely attended church service in Britain

The argument concerning David Cameron’s claim that Britain is a Christian country rumbles on, but the notion is nevertheless not correct.

The reason for this is supplied by the religions themselves. Here is an extract from the BBC web page:

The “Muslim Council of Britain secretary-general Farooq Murad said nobody could deny the UK remained a largely Christian country with “deep historical and structural links” to Christianity.”

Anil Bhanot, managing director of Hindu Council UK, said he was “very comfortable” with the UK being described as a Christian country, adding many Hindu people celebrated Christmas and Easter. “People can secularise those traditions but it doesn’t take away from the fact that the country was based in Christian traditions,” he said.

Christina Rees, a member of the General Synod, the highest governing body of the Church of England, said she was glad Mr Cameron had the “confidence” to talk about his faith. The UK had “historically and culturally” been a Christian country for “many hundreds of years”, she added. (BBC)

Each and every one of them talks of ‘secularising’ the Christian religion in the UK, or of the ‘historical and cultural’ importance of the faith. Not one is able to face the unpalatable truth that religion is a dead parrot in Britain, because most people don’t go anywhere near a church from one end of the year to the next. There is no monotheistic religion that allows you to visit your place of worship solely for the purposes of a marriage or a funeral, but that is what happens in Britain.

The religions that are trying to support David Cameron are only able to talk of the “historic and cultural” ties, or the increasing “secularism”. All of this is a lame way of saying that Britons generally have no interest in religion.


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  1. I completely understand your point, however I think what David Cameron is referring to is the fact the head of state is still the Queen and also the Head of the Church of England, ergo the country is still “ruled” by a Christian head of state. I propose that you look at what makes our society tick, in reality we all try to follow Christian values to a greater or lesser extent. Our culture and society have evolved from those values, it’s just that modern day technology (and media) has broken the barriers of privacy so much that we’re bombarded with the worst elements of society constantly. It’s easy to forget that our disdain of; murder, rape, adultery, etc. are borne from the good book. And the good book took a lot of it from Pagan and other polytheistic religions but that’s a whole other kettle of slaughtered lambs.

    • The establishment of the CofE as the state religion is an anachronism when you consider the abandonment of religion by Britons. As a result, religions are given a kind of elevated status that allows them to run schools. That is plainly wrong to us as atheists because we feel that religion should not be running schools, instead of which we are seeing a greater diversity and ever greater numbers of schools being run as ‘faith schools’.

      Historically what makes our state ‘tick’ is not the point. We are all supposed to be ‘subjects’ but I doubt many Britons consider themselves as such. Might I ask, how do you know that the ‘good book’ and other works of fiction took ‘it’ from Pagan and other polytheistic religions? Pagans may well have guessed at how many gods their might be; they may have celebrated such things as Spring and the fecundity of nature, but you have no evidence as to society being better at any stage during the zeniths and nadirs of faith belief. I would refer you to the Christian: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do to you’. It beggars belief that no one before Jesus said to their child: ‘Jake, stop doing that, would you like it?’ in the thousands of years of humankind before Jesus’s time (if he existed).

      Lastly, but with great importance, I turn to the value of cultural Christianity: So, because I still embrace the values I had as a boy Scout 50 years ago, I’m still a Scout? People grow up and grow outof the illusion, get over it.

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