Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Secularism: The beginning of the turn of the tide in Britain ?

The present government of the United Kingdom has embarked on a concerted campaign to warn of the dangers of eroding the importance of religion in society

Of course, the United Kingdom is much further down the secularist road than the United States 

Baroness Warsi, the chairman of the Conservative Party,  said that British society is under threat from the rising tide of “militant secularisation” reminiscent of “totalitarian regimes"

The Baroness  made clear she was not calling for religious leaders to have the final say on government and social matters. 

Today she led a British delegation to the Vatican. It was the largest ministerial delegation from the United Kingdom to the Vatican 

Tellingly she said:

"My fear today is that a militant secularisation is taking hold of our societies. We see it in any number of things: when signs of religion cannot be displayed or worn in government buildings; when states won’t fund faith schools; and where religion is sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere.  
It seems astonishing to me that those who wrote the European Constitution made no mention of God or Christianity. When I denounced this tendency two days before the Holy Father’s State Visit in September 2010, saying that government should “do God”, I received countless messages of support. The overwhelming message was: “At last someone has said it”.  
That so many people felt moved to write showed just how uneasy they were at the rising tide of secularism.  
For me, one of the most worrying aspects about this militant secularisation is that at its core and in its instincts it is deeply intolerant. It demonstrates similar traits to totalitarian regimes – denying people the right to a religious identity because they were frightened of the concept of multiple identities.  
That’s why in the 20th century, one of the first acts of totalitarian regimes"