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.