Sunday, October 22, 2006

Ummm Secular State Anyone?

The Sunday Times carries an excellent article today by Bryan Appleyard (here) that looks at the role religion should play in the UK. The associated editorial is one of the lamest that I have ever read. You can read the entire thing here, but my favourite part is "...is it time to move to the American or French models with their formal separation of church and state? There is no easy answer. But it is a pressing question." Er, thanks very much for raising the question. A point of view would be helpful. Why does nobody in this country have any convictions any more? Why are people not able to say what they think?

6 comments:

Voyager said...

The Sunday Times is stupid. If Muslims do not recognise The State as being superior to The Ummah and align themselves with Mecca and Saudi Arabia, what possible point is there in dis-establishing Christianity so the country can float on a toxic sea of Radical Fundamentalism ?

It would certainly allow Evangelical Sects to build a more strident Christian Church in place of the flaccid church of Good Feelings presently presided over by that civil servant Rowan Williams

Bryan Appleyard said...

Thanks for the kind words about my article.

MasterofStair said...

I notice that you yourself offer no opinions, but conclude with two questions. Practice what you preach--at least until the state outlaws it.

Roger St. Thomas said...

Voyager--Bloody Mary sends her regards.

stonehengover said...

For the French to have separation of church and state, wouldn't that require them to first have a state?

Disillusioned and Bored said...

Masterofstair - I'm not a major Sunday newspaper and just so that there is no confusion, I am entirely in favour of full separation of church and state.