UK Government Minister Slams ‘Militant Secularism’
LONDON (AP) — When it comes to religion, British politicians tend to heed the famous advice of Tony Blair’s spin doctor, Alastair Campbell — “We don’t do God.” In contrast to the United States, the deity is rarely invoked on the campaign trail or in political speeches.
But a Muslim Cabinet minister has become the latest member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government to urge the country to embrace its Christian heritage. Sayeeda Warsi also said that “militant” secularism poses a threat to Europe, a comment that has angered atheists and highlighted the divisive political potential of religion.
Her views will strike a chord with some religious Britons who feel threatened by growing secularization and by recent anti-discrimination cases, including one that saw Christian hoteliers fined for refusing to allow a gay couple to stay in a double room.
In an article published Tuesday in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Warsi urged Europe “to become more confident in its Christianity.”
“You cannot and should not extract (the) Christian foundations from the evolution of our nations any more than you can or should erase the spires from our landscapes,” she wrote.
“My fear today is that a militant secularization is taking hold of our societies,” she added, accusing some atheists of having the same intolerant instincts as authoritarian regimes.
Warsi, a prominent member of Cameron’s Conservative Party, is leading a delegation of British government ministers to the Vatican, where they are due to meet Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday.
In a speech in Rome, Warsi said that “too often there is a suspicion of faith in our continent.” She said in Britain religion has been “sidelined, marginalized and downgraded” and “faith is looked down on as the hobby of ‘oddities, foreigners and minorities.'”
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One in three young people in England have become heavy drinkers. Surely this fact factors into the recent riots across the United Kingdom.
Just how do we reach these? Surely we can pray. Surely we can support those who are holding up Christ among them already. And just who might that be, btw? Any contacts known to you? Might alternative churches have a role where the institutional churches are so mired down?
The problems among American youth are just as serious, we freely acknowledge.
A commentator writes on the site of a major UK newspaper:
It’s not just Labour’s relaxed attitude to alcohol that is the problem, it is the entire culture that Labour creates: a lack of responsibility, a lack of morality, a lack of dignity, a lack of discipline and a lack of reality. The fact is there must be a lot of miserable people inhabiting this country to create so many alcoholics. Where is pride and respect? How awful to lead a country into this mire… we used to be so proud. People used to have manners, they used to have loyalty, they used to have values – they used to feel shame when they behaved badly. This shows a sad deterioration of society and the individual; a sense of loss and a growing feeling of self-loathing. An unhappy country. How can we get people to acknowledge and recognise that this isn’t what they want? How can we bring them back to be the wonderful, happy, caring and loving individuals they should be? How can we rekindle that sense of self-worth and motivate them to act responsibly and kindly?
– Ollie, London, UK, 23/10/2006 15:41
There exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.
George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
The relationship of obedience and blessing is, I believe, eternally true concerning nations but also concerning individuals. If individuals ignore the “eternal rules of order and right” we do so at our own peril. And we will eventually hurt ourselves and others.
So, let us walk in love – which is itself a commandment or rule – and thereby bring honor to our heavenly King and, as God wills, blessings to our own selves and to our loved ones.
How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24
Do you see our Heavenly Father when you peer into the eyes of another person who is made in his image? How about your pets and even your houseplants? These things are from his loving hand of bounty and should direct us to thoughts of Him. Reader, may I inquire, is that the case with you?
About 500 years ago a Christian writer made the following observation:
“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” John Calvin
May the creation lead us to the Creator and not become a substitute for Him. And may this perspective cause you to rejoice in this unhappy age.