"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Nature

I was brought up in a Church of England church-going family and we were looked on as renegades because all before had been Methodists or Sally Army fans bar a few related by marriage who were Roman Catholic or Baptists.

My childhood was defined by religion: High Days and Holy Days; Friday's fish; Sunday's Church and no games.  When was the last time you heard the expression 'Sunday-best'?  Whatever happened to Whit Sunday?  Church parades?  It was an easy life, a good and normal life shared by friends and neighbours, but it's not so now.

I can't remember when being Church of England started to mean you had no religion at all.  Perhaps it was a creeping, surreptitious thing that just grew and before you knew it, hey presto, putting down your religion as C of E on a form meant that you were unthinking - an atheist, an agnostic or even a Jedi (yes, I was one of the Knights on the last census).

Perhaps it's time to go back to basics in an effort to stop all this bloodshed & hatred caused by religion:



I wish!  I had a nice dream for a second but even I don't think that would work any more.  Religion has too great a hold on our world; it's something else that identifies, defines and separates us.  Making changes to a Bill of Rights or a Constitution, will not change men's hearts.  A zillion laws will not change men's hearts.  Socialists aren't stupid, by and large; they know that laws don't change hearts but that they do change behaviour.  We're not only a country divided but people separated and individuals conflicted - that's what Labour's laws do.

With thanks for the video to Ungereord

3 comments:

  1. There was a time when a community was the size of a village, then it dwindled to a street, for a while we knew only the next door neighbours, now a 'community is a single dwelling and even the family is splintering.

    I think that's where the Church went, GV: it vanished down the rabbit-hole of social disintegration.

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  2. Surely we can get it back Edgar? We're the same people at heart after all. We can't give up.

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  3. It would surely help if what is left of the C of E would realise that there is a basic incompatibility between Sharia'a Law and Christianity.

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