Monday 7 December 2015

The Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life

The Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life has reported after two years of reflection, and it's a doozy!

- faith schools are "socially divisive"

Well, duh. That's the whole point of faith schools. Whoever thought that they were ever a good idea, should go visit Northern Ireland.

- cut the number of Church of England bishops in the Lords and give places to imams, rabbis and other non-other non-Christian clerics as well as evangelical pastors.

And to atheists.  Or, alternatively, why should clerics have a voice in our government?

- Thought of the Day on BBC Radio 4's Today programme should include non-religious messages.

Again, Duh. It's thought of the day, not prayer of the day. 

The coronation service for the next monarch should be overhauled to include other faiths

Good idea. I can hardly wait until a colander-wearing, pirate-costumed Pastafarian places the Sacred Spaghetti on the monarchs head, and anoints him with tomato ketchup.

The Church of England religionists are having conniptions at the thought that their establishmentarianist monopoly might be breached. But less than 20% of people in the UK say that they're Anglicans (in case you didn't know, Anglican is a synonym for Church of England. I think. Maybe there's subtle differences that I'm unaware of).

Half of the people in this country describe themselves as having no religion, and this proportion is growing. We need protection from the institutionalised religiosity, from the monopoly of House of Lords Anglican Bishops, and, most of all, an end to the divisive faith schools.

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