Though it is going that way due to deliberate Government action (and incaction) Peter Hitchens is wrong to totally throw the towel in over the character of Britain. Indeed Hindu and Muslim community leaders agreed we are still culturally Christian. That aside, much of what Peter has to say here in his latest column is correct: “It hurts me to say it, but the grisly gang of anti-God professors and authors are right, and David Cameron is wrong. This is not a Christian country any more. Actually, I suspect the Prime Minister knows this quite well, as he and his Nasty Party have never done anything to defend the national religion from its attackers.
It is of course possible that Mr Cameron is genuinely pulsing with the power of the Holy Ghost. But it is hard to forget that he is also trying to defend his flanks against UKIP, and to win back some of the ex-Tories who defected over same-sex marriage.
Then there’s the problem of his children’s education. His well-publicised attendance at a London church miles from his home has helped him and one of his senior colleagues to insert their young into one of the best primary schools in England.
Too bad for any children of poor Christian parents who couldn’t get in because the school is crammed with Tory infants.
Of course Mr Cameron could afford a private school, but since the Tory Party was taken over by left-wingers, its leaders, like Labour’s, have to pretend to love the state system
Now, I know nothing of the inner mind of our nation’s Premier, but I can think of few things less Christian than to use outward displays of faith to gain material or political advantages for yourself, especially if you do so at the expense of the poor.
Before he began doing God, Mr Cameron declined to criticise ‘middle-class parents with sharp elbows’, praising them as ‘active citizens’. This was presumably at one of those moments when his religion was fading out, ‘like Magic FM in the Chilterns’, rather than fading in.
Now, neither Mr Cameron nor Mr Blair, nor even Harold Wilson (who launched the Cultural Revolution) or Margaret Thatcher (who fought so hard to abolish the Christian Sabbath), can be blamed for destroying the Christian church in this country.
It bayoneted itself in the heart by supporting the First World War when it should have used every sinew to stop it. The Church in this country and all of Europe has never recovered.
But both parties have kicked Christianity when it was down. Their joint support for easy divorce effectively cancelled the Church of England’s marriage oath, in which husband and wife swore to remain together for life.
Their joint backing for abortion on demand undid one of the greatest advances made by Christian civilisation, which ended the pagan practice of murdering unwanted children.
They quietly allowed the teaching of Christianity as the national religion to disappear (illegally) from hundreds of state schools. Religion is now taught instead as a sort of oddity which other people do, and which you can laugh at provided they are not Muslims, who must be treated with respect in case they get angry. Pupils are now ignorant of the faith that formed their nation, but are force-fed green propaganda, and dangerously bad advice about sex and drugs.
But above all, there was Harriet Harman’s 2010 Equality Act, which was actually an EU Directive. If the Tories had been in office at the time, they would have passed it themselves. This turned the pursuit of ‘equality’ into our new national belief system, alongside the closely related commitment to ‘human rights’.
It is not just that these ideas are quite different from the Christian beliefs in authority, duty, self-restraint and conscience that used to govern our law and life.
They are actively hostile to an established Church. For they ban any ‘discrimination’ on the grounds of religion. And that means that the law cannot discriminate in favour of the Christian faith – a change many radical judges welcome.
In practice, of course, it also means that Islam, which brooks no mockery or disrespect, grows strong while the gentler voice of Anglicanism grows fainter and fainter until it is blown away on the breeze. You wait and see.
But for now, until the church is turned into a mosque or a bar, the faith schools are still jolly good, if you can wangle your sons and daughters into them.
He is a bit silly sometimes, but Charles is our best hope
I can remember when there was no political advertising on public transport at all. Now a great deal of such advertising has a political message of one sort or another, so why the censorship, on the London Underground, of the Almeida Theatre’s striking poster for its play about what will happen when Prince Charles becomes King?
I think it’s genuine fear of an unavoidable national crisis, myself. I have long predicted (and in a way hoped for) a clash between Charles and the Government when he eventually comes to the throne. When it arrives, many who now fashionably despise the Monarchy will find themselves unexpectedly siding with him.
The Prince is silly on some things (warmism especially) but in most matters he is far closer to the nation’s heart and soul than the political class. And he has just as much of a moral claim to speak for us.
Think about it. It’s the party machines, not us, who actually choose MPs in safe seats, and then boss them around. And it’s money from rather fishy billionaires that pays for their campaigns, and they expect their reward. Whereas the heir to throne is nobody’s creature, and hasn’t sold himself to the highest bidder.
It is amazing that the Blair Creature does not grasp how much he is despised, especially by those who once admired him. He has taken to making speeches about doing good in the Middle East, where his Iraq policy helped to ruin the lives of millions for decades to come.
It also cost this country billions we could not afford, not to mention 179 British lives.
I still think the only way for him to regain our respect would be to take a vow of lifelong silence in a very austere monastery, where he could perhaps clean the lavatories. But he still thinks he was right, and many of his accomplices also still walk around as if they had done nothing wrong.
It is a gigantic scandal that Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the Iraq War, which ceased taking evidence three years ago, has yet to be published. Who is holding it up and why? Is it frontbench collusion between the parties? If Parliament is any use at all, it will force publication this year.
There is nothing at all ‘racist’ in UKIP’s election posters. Those who use the word simply prove that the expression has become nothing more than an empty smear. What’s wrong with the placards is that they just aren’t very good.
In the crowded pedestrian zone of a prosperous Home Counties town, I politely asked a heedless cyclist to dismount. He ploughed on. I grew slightly less polite, and – to my joy – won the support of two other citizens, who eventually forced the lawbreaker to stop. There were, of course, no police officers to be seen. At this point a group of tattooed, pierced young men joined in, on the side of the cyclist. We had infringed his human rights, or something.
It could have turned nasty, and nearly did. But what struck me is that there is now no guaranteed majority on the side of goodness in public places. And there might soon be a majority for wickedness.” (http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2014/04/a-christian-nation-dave-only-when-we-are-trying-to-get-a-place-in-a-faith-school.html)