Anil Bhanot of the Hindu Council has written an article on comment is free today, arguing against reforming the House of Lords to get rid of some bishops. In the comments section LibertyCentral pops up and summarises the whole article as:
Jack’s offering guaranteed seats in the second chamber to other faith groups.
I’d like one.
Heh! I suspect the annoyed commenters are reacting to arguments like: “In my view, the church is mostly a positive influence on society and government. The relationship between church and state also has a reforming effect on the church, ensuring it moves with the times as new legislation sometimes challenges archaic and prejudicial opinions.”
Oh please. The Church establishment has been way behind contemporary society in following through with the ideals of equality, no different to the religious establishment of other religions. They’re all dominated by middle-aged to old men who refuse to share power with women or the youth, let alone show compassion towards homosexuals or other minorities.
The religious establishment all want a piece of the government pie to maintain their eroding influence, when in fact the best thing that could happen to this country is a move towards total secularism – a complete separation between religious bodies and the state. That is the only way to establish equality between how religions are treated and to ensure the government does not compromise its own ideals to please the Catholic, Anglican, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish “community leaders”. I think this needs fleshing out further in more detail later, but I’d like to hear your views.
Update: Lord Lucas thinks reform will go through.
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