22 February, 2009
I think it’s important that people do have freedom of religion but it’s also important that those of us who want it can have freedom from religion. One of the absurdities of the poor subsitute of precedent and convention that we have for the British Constitution is that there is an “established” religion with representatives in Parliament as of right rather than merit or even election.
Those of us who argue personal morality should be a private matter and who’s shagging who isn’t of public importance tend to forget about Henry VIII. His desire to quench his desire as it were gave us the Church of England, perhaps a devine use of kingly power but surely not devine intervention.
But several centuries later with an established church challenged both by a plethora of althernative Christian denominations and a host of other religions. Each of course proclaiming their’s as the one true faith. The real question however is at what point should the established religion be ditched because its followers can be fitted in the back of a London cab? As this article in the Telegraph indicates even on the Church of England’s big Christmas festival it can only get les than 1 in 20 through its doors as for regular weekly attenders less than 1 in 60! Perhaps that point has already been reached.