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UK: Equal treatment for all faiths!

March 24, 2013

…except those stinkin’ atheists.

Prime Minister David Cameron held yet another reception at Downing Street for religious leaders this week.

In an effort to build bridges after the controversy over his proposals to introduce same-sex marriage, Cameron said he was “looking forward to the enthronement of the new Archbishop of Canterbury”. He said the inauguration of the new pope had been “a great week for Christians”.

He told the religious big-wigs: “This government does care about faith. It does care about the institutions of faith, and it does want you to stand up and oppose aggressive secularisation.”

National Secular Society

Because if we start asking people to rationally justify what they claim to believe in, then pretty soon politicians are going to be in deep, deep shit.

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3 Comments
  1. Francis Philip permalink

    Secularism is defined as: indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations .

    Morality (“should do what is right and proper”) is a fundamental component of religion. It is not a fundamental component of secularism since secularism does not listen to a higher authority which establishes a moral code of conduct. Without a higher authority, it is “each man for himself” and that leads society into total mayhem and chaos.

    Secularism, and the harm to society which can certainly come from it, would certainly worry me if I were a responsible government official who has a moral code which leads me to want to protect the people from harm.

  2. Jon permalink

    Cameron is a self-proclaimed Christian, as Blair was before him, so there are several possibilities, including these:

    1) He genuinely believes that a correct world-view is threatened by the secularist movement.
    2) He believes he can maximise votes for his party by pretending he does.
    3) He wants to placate his friends and colleagues of the same persuasion.

    I’ve suggested before — though I can’t remember where at the moment — that politicians are much more likely to be connected to religious movements than people in most other professions, because both politics and religion rest on the assumption that collective movements are desirable and essential ways of getting things done. The one person you’re never going to find in either a religion or a political party is an individualist.

    Unless they founded it, of course.

  3. Why is he opposed to secularization?

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