The report, commissioned for the Church of England and to be published on Monday, accuses the Government of discriminating against the Christian Churches in favour of other faiths, including Islam. It calls for the appointment of a “Minister for Religion”, who would act as the Prime Minister’s personal “faith envoy” and who would recognise the contribution of faith communities to Britain across every government department.The Church of England really is trying to roll us back to the priest-ridden nightmare of the Middle Ages.
The report comes only days after Dr Sentamu accused Mr Brown of sacrificing liberty for misguided notions of equality and of betraying new Labour’s mantra of “rights and responsibilities”. It shows the extent to which church leaders feel betrayed by the Government’s embrace of a secular agenda.Liberty depends on the removal of religion from any direct involvement with government. Dr Sentamu is part of a new clerical activism that seeks to destroy liberty, not safeguard it. The government has not embraced a secular agenda; we have seen a faith-driven Prime Minister, who appointed religious cultists to the cabinet, replaced by a faith-on-his-sleeve "son of the manse".
In fact, the Christian church has become radicalised by the eruption into our society of the extremist practice of immigrant religions, principally Islam but also Sikhism.
Human progress depends on the disconnection between religion and state. Western progress in the past half millennium has only been possible because the Catholic Church was undermined by the Reformation, and has been weakened by growing rationalism ever since. This can happen in any culture; the Golden Age of Islam happened for the same reason, Islam was very weak. It's actually a complete misnomer, like calling the 19th and 20th centuries the Golden Age of Christianity. This earlier age of reason - the Golden Age of the people now smothered by Islam - was snuffed out by an absolutist Islamic resurgence and that part of the world dominated by this religion has spent half a millennium in darkness, ignorance and poverty.
We are not immune just because we are Westerners. It happened here before and could happen again. These old tyrannies - religion and monarchy - never go away, they just keep re-appearing in new forms. It falls to some generations to fight old battles yet again, and we have the misfortune to be such a generation. The Church must be fought.