Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, a top-level inquiry into the place of religion in society has concluded. The inquiry chaired by the former senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and involving leading religious leaders of all faiths, calls for public life to be systematically de-Christianised. It says the decline of church going and the rise of Islam and other beliefs mean a ‘new settlement’ is needed for religion in the U.K., giving more official influence to non-religious voices and those of non-Christian faiths.
The report calls for faith schools to be phased out, because they are socially divisive, for acts of worship in school assemblies to be abolished and replaced with a ‘time for reflection.’ It also calls for Church of England bishops in the Lords to be replaced with imams, rabbis and other non-other non-Christian clerics and the coronation service for the next monarch to be overhauled to include other faiths.
The report concludes: ‘The increase in those with non-religious beliefs, the reduction in the number of Christians and an increase in their diversity, and the increase in the number of people identifying with non-Christian religions: these are the settled social context of Britain today and for the foreseeable future.’
In reality the phasing out of Christianity from our public life has virtually happened already. The removal of the external trappings like school assemblies or the bishops from the House of Lords would make little difference. Church leaders (especially Church of England bishops) hardly ever make any public statement about the uniqueness of the Gospel and the one way of salvation through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When they do have a chance to speak publicly it will usually be to condemn capitalism or the Tory government or to sow doubt rather than faith in Christianity. Our media and education system constantly promote the diversity agenda in our society and phase out any expression of real Christian faith.
An article in the Daily Mail, ‘Brainwashing of our children’ focuses on what is required in our public life today. It claims that Britain’s schools are force-feeding pupils politically correct dogma about sexuality, climate change and British history. It gives examples such as the 11 year old girl who spoke to her grandfather about her future marriage plans ‘whether it is to a man or a woman.’ She has obviously been well indoctrinated at school that homosexual marriage is an equally valid option to marriage between a man and a woman. Not to believe this would cause great offence to homosexuals. Another example is the child from a Church of England school who kept saying ‘Peace be upon him’ every time she mentioned Mohammed. When asked why, she said ‘That is what we were taught to say in RE.’ Not to say this would cause offence to Muslims.
The article goes on to focus on the ‘Gendered Intelligence programme’ (promoting transexuality) in which a speaker called Jay invites children to question their sexual identity by asking them what it means to be ‘girlish’ and ‘boyish’. ‘Some of them are as young as four: can you imagine what a shock it is for them when he reveals that he is a ‘transgender man’ who happened to have been ‘assigned female at birth’? Increasingly children are expressing confusion about their sexual identity as the latest phase of indoctrination focuses on transgenderism and the rights of those who choose to change from being men to women and women to men.
At a nursery school in Turnham Green, West London, three-year-olds too young to read or write are required to sign an agreement in which they promise to ‘be tolerant of others whatever their race, colour, gender, class, ability, physical challenge, faith, sexual orientation or lifestyle and refrain from using racist or homophobic or transphobic language’.
The article describes how a uniformly left wing world view is being promoted. Just before the election one school was accused of having told its children that Labour ‘is the only party that wants us to live’, and of having asked its ten-year-old pupils to write essays on why people should vote for Ed Miliband. ‘Global warming and environmental issues at the top of the agenda for opinion making. Nowhere, perhaps, is the march of the Mind Police more evident than in the way virtually the whole curriculum has been hijacked by environmental issues. A popular revision guide for GCSE English gives this example of a ‘boring’ sentence that may receive ‘zero marks’: ‘Global warming is a bad thing.’ And this as a ‘much better sentence’: ‘Global warming is a very serious and worrying issue.’ Then there’s the Climate Cops initiative in schools in which children were given police officer-style notebooks so that they could ‘book’ themselves, their friends or family members if they saw them wasting energy or performing ‘climate unfriendly’ acts.
One teacher writes ‘Geography was about saving rainforests, recycling and instilling guilt about how humans are ruining the Earth. In literacy, there was very little focus on grammar or spelling. For history, we’d use a textbook with made-up quotes from historical figures, telling us how bad the British Empire was. Tradition is seen as the enemy of a future where everyone is equal, all shall have prizes and everyone should embrace the glorious new order of the enlightened, progressive Left. If the latter sounds like a form of cultural Marxism, that’s effectively what it is. Anyone who dares to challenge these views will be a social outcast.’
The results of this are being seen in what is happening in our universities. According to another article in the Daily Mail, ‘Britain’s students: the new fascists?’, ‘Britain’s universities have changed. They’ve turned from citadels of intellectual inquiry into sprawling camps of conformism, where anyone who dissents from what is decreed to be the correct thought processes will be cast out into the academic darkness. Our colleges are now stuffed not with bright-eyed students keen to discuss any ideas, however radical, but proselytising zealots who will hound off campus anyone that offends their politically correct sensibilities. They spend their time constantly on the lookout for thinkers or books or even pop songs that blaspheme against their right-on ideology.’ Even radical feminist speakers who question transgender rights are being banned from speaking lest they cause offence.
Causing offence is the ultimate sin in this new ‘group think’. Here are some views which it considers deeply offensive.
- Jesus meant it when He said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.’ Therefore there is the one way to God and people of all faiths and none should repent and believe the Gospel, that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead. Very offensive to atheists, Muslims, Hindus and nominal Christians.
- Israel has a right to exist and to defend itself against those who attack it and wish to wipe it out. Very offensive to Muslims and pro Palestinian groups (who are all very active and vocal in universities).
- Marriage is between a man and a woman. Homosexual acts are sinful in the eyes of God. If you are born a man, be a man and if you are born a woman be a woman. Very offensive to homosexuals, transgenders and their supporters.
Strangely it does not matter how offensive you are to Bible believing Christians. They should put up with being vilified and ridiculed, because their views are offensive and should be banned altogether (and probably will be before too long).