Re: [humanism-174] David Cameron risks 'alienation' with christian comment

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Monday, April 21, 2014 11:29 AM

I guess that secular Britons have to deal with the same type of religio-political pandering as we do here. He's about a year early for their next general election.

Haven't heard much in the ways of religious proclamations from US candidates during this midterm cycle, but maybe I just haven't been keeping up.

On Apr 21, 2014 10:42 AM, "sheri presloid" <[address removed]> wrote:
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27099700

Read the article first before reading the response below

Here is the letter from people who are well known:

SIR – We respect the Prime Minister’s right to his religious beliefs and the fact that they necessarily affect his own life as a politician. However, we object to his characterisation of Britain as a “Christian country” and the negative consequences for politics and society that this engenders.

Apart from in the narrow constitutional sense that we continue to have an established Church, Britain is not a “Christian country”. Repeated surveys, polls and studies show that most of us as individuals are not Christian in our beliefs or our religious identities.

At a social level, Britain has been shaped for the better by many pre-Christian, non-Christian, and post-Christian forces. We are a plural society with citizens with a range of perspectives, and we are a largely non-religious society.

Constantly to claim otherwise fosters alienation and division in our society. Although it is right to recognise the contribution made by many Christians to social action, it is wrong to try to exceptionalise their contribution when it is equalled by British people of different beliefs. This needlessly fuels enervating sectarian debates that are by and large absent from the lives of most British people, who do not want religions or religious identities to be actively prioritised by their elected government.







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