Dial back Christianity in British official life, make room for secularism, says new report

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England’s best-known cathedral and mother church of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. Religion News Service photo by Trevor Grundy

England’s best-known cathedral and mother church of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. Religion News Service photo by Trevor Grundy

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CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England is outraged by recommendations that would diminish its dominance in public life to make room for other faiths and unbelievers.

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  • Neon Genesis

    Of course the Church of England is afraid of the report. They know better than anyone that young people are leaving organized religion in droves and their privileged discriminatory position in the government is their last place of position of influence in mainstream society and this report is a direct challenge to their unjust authority. But it is the Church of England itself and not this report that will continue to kill themselves through their continual hatred of gays and insistence of excommunicating Christians who use their right to marry the people they love just because their outdated views don’t approve.

  • John Nicholson

    A fairly loose bit of reporting. The opening inaccuracy that St Augustine founded England’s first christian church is so wildly adrift that it undermines confidence in the remainder of the article. I am sure it is right to say there will be opposition in the Anglican Church in England to the proposals in the report, particularly among the more traditionally minded, but who the “some christians” are who are furious needs attribution, and there is no reference to what the Archbishop of Canterbury may or may not think. As a life-long Anglican I can only welcome the spirit of openness and comprehensiveness of the report – virtues traditionally associated with the Anglican church at its best.

  • Be Brave

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah . . . “should be cut to make way for leaders of other religions.”

    Yeah, you know, like in all of the “Islamic Countries”

    And of course “secularism” one plastered into the wall of power and authority by atheistic power organizations, won’t relinquish that power to anyone or any thing else either.

    Ah yes, what a wonderful world of diversity and tolerance in which we live.

  • John McGrath

    A lot of Christian sore losers here. Christianity cannot make a compelling case for itself. Bluster does not impress.Well, at least, from this report, catholic bishops were not consulted. Or were they?

  • samuel johnston

    Whenever Christian churches are deprived of their power to order non-believers around, they cry “oppression” and “interference” with their religion. Happily, they are correct in the latter. Religion, like sex, belongs indoors, and in private.

  • Larry

    Its funny, ISIS supporters hate secularism also. The idea of government not entangling itself with religion and allowing people to worship as they want goes against their way of thinking. Its why the average fundamentalist Christian is in no position to speak about fundamentalist Islam. They would do the same things if they had the political power and access to heavy weaponry. Different flavors of the same freedom hating rhetoric.

    What a wonderful world of diversity and tolerance in which we live when we keep government away from religion and religion away from government. To protect both is to protect the rights of all.

    But I see how some people don’t like that. Those who seek special privileges and power solely on the basis of belonging to a given faith and sect. They get annoyed at the idea of religious freedom.

  • David Knudtson

    Story says there are 800 million Anglicans worldwide. This is not true. The actual figure is closer to 80 million and even that is a stretch because it includes the stats of England herself which are highly increased by those who are baptised but have no other connection to the Church.

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