Dr George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, has issued an empassioned rallying cry to Christians in Britain: beware, your heritage is under threat. In an eloquent and highly personal defense of Christianity today, Dr Carey in the Daily Mail warns against anti-Christian campaigns such as the one that overthrew the tradition of prayers opening council meetings (as I reported yesterday here).
While Dr Carey is careful not to claim Christians are persecuted in Britain, he points out that expressions of Christian faith today get a hostile reception, and members of the Christian community feel ever more marginalised:
Will the next step be scrapping the prayers which mark the start of each day in Parliament? The reading from Cranmer’s Book Of Common Prayer asks MPs to ‘never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind’ — a vital message for all members, regardless of their faith.
These legal rulings may also mean Army chaplains could no longer serve, and that the Coronation Oath, in which the King or Queen pledges to maintain the laws of God and the lessons contained in the Gospels, would need to be abolished. This is a truly terrifying prospect.
Dr Carey fears for the rich tradition of British tolerance unless the Government is prepared to take action — by amend ingLocal Authority legislation and protecting Christian tradition, . Amen to that — as I hope the present Archbishop of Canterbury will come out and say.