We are still a country of Christians

Monday 14 December 2015

We live in strange times.

First Parliament votes to bomb Syria.

Then, in the wake of the San Bernardino massacre in California, Donald Trump tells a Republican rally that if he becomes president he will ban all Muslims from entering the US.

This dangerous idiot (dangerous because he is very popular and, astonishing as it seems, has a real chance of entering the White House next year) also said that parts of London are so radicalised that police fear for their lives.

Boris Johnson has responded: “The only reason I wouldn’t go to New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”

He added that Trump’s claims are “complete and utter nonsense”.

He is right but we Brits are jumpy right now and with good reason.

And then, just in time for Christmas, along comes the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (Corab).

This is one of those high falutin’ intellectual bodies led by Baroness Butler-Sloss.

And what does Corab earnestly want? Basically to secularise the UK, to stop us regarding our country as Christian.

It says only two in five Brits now “identify” as Christian.

Major state occasions such as the Coronation should be “more inclusive” and CofE and Catholic faith schools should be “phased out”.

Schools should also no longer include a Christian act of worship at morning assembly.

So, in the middle of deeply unsettling times we are told we should no longer find comfort in our traditional values and culture.

There may be few regular churchgoers left but Christianity is not just a religion.

Our values of fairness, forgiveness and tolerance are rooted in 2,000 years of Christian belief.

And at this time of year, although few may actually go to church to celebrate the birth of Jesus, His joyous spirit is all around us.

Father Christmas, school Nativity plays; the Nativity crib with Mary and Joseph and shepherds admiring the baby Jesus in his stable, are part of our very culture.

Would we have to call Christmas “the holidays” as they do in America?

Would a Christmas tree be called a “holiday tree” – reducing it to nothing more than a Halloween pumpkin?

The timing of Corab’s “findings” could hardly be more crass.

At this time of year, and especially in troubled times such as these, we need all our belief in the strength of our values.

We take comfort in our traditions, we find light in the darkness and we need the security provided by 2,000 years of conviction.

Don’t let them ever cancel Christmas.

Read more in Richard and Judy's column for the Daily Express, here.

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  • I will never stop staying Christmas, this is our tradition as a Christian country. Whilst I agree that churches and chapels don't have the same followings now and I for one have hardly ever stepped foot in either, does not mean I don't believe in God or Jesus. Churches, chapels and temples are man made buildings. Jesus preached on a hill side, standing under a tree or by a stream I couldn't be closer to God. As for Donald Trump coming away with with his Muslim phrase I can't help wondering maybe we should have done the same. Britain wanted to take over the world and raped and pillaged most countries. Now Britain has created a monster!!!!!