Another blog on this blog host recently wrote a rather sensationalist post entitled, England to ban Christianity. This particular blogger doesn't seem very good at engaging with comments from a different point of view, so I thought I'd jot down some thoughts, by way of a response, here.
So, the question before us is, Is England going to ban Christianity?
Short Answer: No.
Long Answer: No. Don't be ridiculous!
The post in question is a partial reprint (initially, without credit) of a piece on the CBN website, Britain's War on Christianity: America's Future Fight?
That piece is essentially a summary of the views of our country's so-called 'Christian Party'. So, bear in mind as you read the following words that this is essentially a party political broadcast, designed to provoke fear and engineer votes as a tactic to oppose the muslim/gay/liberal/feminist/green/postmodern/communist agenda. That's right folks, England's gone got it's own George Bush! (Bear in mind, also, that The Christian Party is a splinter group from The Christian People's Alliance. Members of The Christian Party left the CPA because it wasn't right-wing enough.)
According to the fount of all knowledge, Wikipedia, policies of The Christian Party include:
- A proposed referendum on the reinstitution of the death penalty for severe crimes.
- Legislation to ban abortion.
- Curfews for under 11 year olds, with mandatory intervention of child protection agencies in relation to any child 10 years or younger that is found unaccompanied on the street after 9:00pm.
- The reintroduction of the right of teachers to use corporal punishment in extreme circumstances.
- Greater observance of a weekly day of rest (Sunday).
- Promotion in school of chastity before marriage.
- Re-instatement of Section 2A (also known as Section 28), a law to guard against the promotion of homosexuality.
- The re-introduction of corporate readings from the Bible in all Scottish state schools.
- Provision of Christian religious education on a mandatory basis, with no obligation to promote other faiths, regardless of the wishes of those being instructed or their parents. (There currently exists a level of compulsory Christian observance in all British schools, so these policies are calling for this to be increased.)
- A science curriculum which should "reflect the evidence of creation/design" in the universe.
- Public health campaigns to discourage homosexuality alongside excessive drinking and the use of addictive substances.
- The restoration of the right for parents to smack their children (as with prayer, this currently exists and the policy is a call for an increase).
- "Mind Pollution Levy" on 18 Certificate Films, DVDs, CDs, Video Games and Top Shelf magazines.
- Discouragement of the practice of addressing women as Ms..
- Opposition of the practice of altering birth certificates to reflect gender confirmation surgery.
- Promotion of Biblical alternatives to the current criminal justice system (whilst rejecting any promotion of Sharia law, or alternatives).
- To change the Welsh flag, because it views the red dragon as a satanic symbol.
Read enough, yet?