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Is Britain still a Christian country?

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Founder of English Democrats Party, Robin Tilbrook, says the UK has always been a Christian country, while Muslim political commentator Mo Ansar argues there are many different religions in Britain nowadays that are entitled to representation.

Britain is not a Christian country anymore, according to two-year study, headed by a retired senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss. Her report on the place of religion in the UK showed a drastic decline in the number of Christians in British society. It also suggests Christianity should be removed from British public life and for a greater voice to be given to other faiths and non-religious views.

RT: In the figures the number of Christians is declining in the UK. Isn’t it fair to say it’s no longer a Christian country?

Robin Tilbrook: I think we still have got a large number of people who identify themselves as Christians. After all, in England we’ve got the Church of England, which is the established church. It has bishops appointed automatically as part of the legislature and the House of Lords. Our head of state is also the supreme governor of the Church of England. So Christianity is very much embedded in a way of doing things in our politics, and it is also very much part of our culture.

Ansar RTMo Ansar: Well, I hope so. I have to declare an interest. I was one of the participants in the evidence gathering. And I spoke to Baroness Butler-Sloss, with a number of other groups and organizations to give some evidence for this report.

The reality is that people like Robin Tilbrook and the English Democratic Party, and I have to say to some degree the Prime Minister [David Cameron], driving their car down the road, looking in the rear view mirror. This isn’t about looking back… The supreme governor of the Church of England is our Head of State. Isn’t it bizarre that in 2015 and even going ahead and even going backwards that the monarch, the head of the country, has to be a Christian? Why can’t they choose to be Muslim or a Buddhist, or a Hindu or a Sikh?

RT:Robin, is Britain stuck in this way?

Robin Tilbrook: Of course there are plenty of countries where Mo can get exactly what he wants, but England isn’t one of those countries. The fact is, we are and have been well over one thousand years a Christian country, our traditions are of a Christian nature.

Mo Ansar: That is an archaic view… I was born and bred here, my grandfather fought in WWII; I am as British as the next person, and we are a pluralist, liberal society. We have different faith groups, different faith traditions and they are entitled to be represented.

Courtesy of RT
Interview Date 7 Dec 2015
Published by RT 8 Dec 2015

One comment on “Is Britain still a Christian country?

  1. squimple

    As a Christian I have no problem with the Church of England being disestablished. The Anglican churches in Wales and Scotland were disestablished in the twentieth century. The UK a multi-faith country, there should be even more inter-faith dialogue. The connection between the Church of England, the state and the Monarch is historical, the Anglican Church isn’t an integral part of society, it is now a minority group itself [compared to other Christian denominations]
    But what is wrong with with maintaining this link to the past, as long as it doesn’t affect policy, a quirk of a constitutional monarchy? The appointed Bishops should go, unless partly replaced by other faith leaders, but other than that, the link is historical and symbolic. .


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