I am sure you will be aware that today the Prime Minister said that politics need God.
'Mr Cameron said: “I have never really understood the argument some people make about the church not getting involved in politics.
“To me, Christianity, faith, religion, the church and the Bible are all inherently involved in politics because so many political questions are moral questions. I don’t think we should be shy or frightened of this.”
He added: “Whether you look at the riots last summer, the financial crash and the expenses scandal, or the ongoing terrorist threat from Islamist extremists around the world, one thing is clear: moral neutrality or passive tolerance just isn’t going to cut it any more.”'
The fact that he seems to see morality as inherently linked to Christianity is deeply worrying. I have already written to him pointing out that morality is a human concept related to our being social mammals with developed frontal lobes which allow us to empathise and develop a sense of right and wrong. I have said that Christian morality largely relates to banning various forms of consensual sex and oppressing certain groups whilst justifying the worship of a god they believe to send all non-christians to be tortured for all eternity in a way which makes Hitler's concentration camps pale in comparison.I have pointed out that less than 15% of Britons are practicing Christians. I will also write to our atheist deputy Prime Minister and urge him to challenge this.
Please also write expressing your dismay at this worrying attitude towards religion and politics and look out for the response the British Humanist Association will surely soon be making to protest this?
How do other Brits feel about this? I have been concerned about the oppression of American atheists and the threat of a Christian theocracy if ever any of their lunatic fundamentalists get into power and it now seems we have a Christian in power as well? Sh*t.
\o/ Hi, British atheist here...
I'm sick of christians claiming the moral high ground, when the actions of many of them, guided by their religion, are clearly immoral. It's as if they're the only ones who are able to live good lives. They'll even deny that the teachings of their church are fundamentally immoral. Sacrifice your son, because your arrogant god demands it? Hand over your daughter to a bunch of rapists to prevent them sodomising a guest? No problem. Slaughter other tribes in the name of your god? Why not?
The problems we are facing as a society these days could, at least in part, be attributed to religion. David Cameron ought to think VERY carefully about the societal problems that he's likely to exacerbate by dividing the country along the lines of moral christianity v. the rest.
Idiocy of the highest order.