Ex-archbishop has a three-point plan to combat UK secularism
FORMER Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey, 81, above, thinks he has the answer to faith being ‘sidelined’ in Britain.
According to this report, in a bid to “reverse the tide of growing secularism” he made three recommendations:
• The first is to promote religious education in schools, making it mandatory in GCSEs such as science, and including it in the English Baccalaureate.
• The second is the introduction of Christianity in citizenship tests for any migrants wishing to come to the UK.
• Lastly he called on the Government to take note of the effect Christianity has in everyday life, and provide training in religious affairs to judges who deal directly with those issues.
Carey, who claimed that Christians and the faith as a whole was being sidelined, was responding to reports that councils up and down the country, including Bradford and Birmingham, were banning Christmas rituals.
It is a preposterous yet dangerous state of affairs when Christmas cards are considered offensive, or the Cross is banned because it is thought divisive. Yet this is the world we live in.
Carey, who was Archbishop from 1991 – 2002, said the religion was being marginalised as Britain moved to an ever more secularised society.
We are wholly indifferent to the fate of Christians and Christianity within our own shores. This hostility from British officialdom is completely at odds with the Christian core of our national life.
Carey added that the slow disintegration of Christian culture was part of the reason communities were eroding and social cohesion was breaking down.
In civil life as a whole, we are choosing to forget the Christian heritage which has contributed so greatly to our laws, rituals, language, our traditions and even our landscape.
He went onto to say:
I have never found a British Muslim, Sikh, Hindu or Jew who is the least bit offended by Christian rituals, let alone the public celebration of Christmas. They positively welcome being made to feel part of Christian festivals, just as many Christians enjoy sharing in celebrations of Eid, Diwali and Passover.
We don’t have to sacrifice our own individual beliefs when we enjoy a party with our friends.