An absolutely brilliant piece by Archbishop Sentamu in yesterday’s Daily Mail:
Christianity is the tapestry upon which our country’s heritage was woven. All of this is lost to those who would deny Christianity any place in our nation today.
Those employed as public servants and charged with running our local services, be they schools, hospitals or councils, receive their public authority only under a system of governance which is constitutionally established from the ‘Queen in Parliament under God’.
For public servants to use their authority to deny the legitimacy of the Christian faith, when they receive such authority only through the operation of that same faith, is not only unacceptable but an affront.
For the millions of people in this country who profess a trust in God, these recent stories represent not only an insult to their common sensibility but also a sign of a growing gap between the mindset of the governing and the governed.
The requirement of common consent that underpins any operation of the democratic contract is being placed under strain by those who, with the best of motives, are making the worst of mistakes.
My challenge, then, to the 72 per cent of this nation who marked themselves as ‘Christian’ in response to the census of 2001 is that if they wish to safeguard that same Christian tradition, they must renew their faith and become actively involved in their local church.
For those who despair at the treatment meted out to these Christian women, the message is clear: wake up, Christian England!
Brilliant, not just for it’s defence of the Christian heritage of the British constitutional settlement, but also in it’s clear message that if people want to object to the de-christianisation of England, they need to actually engage themselves with its religious heritage.