From the London Sunday Telegraph today:
"Britain is now a “post-Christian” country, the former archbishop of Canterbury has declared, as research suggests that the majority of Anglicans and Roman Catholics now feel afraid to express their beliefs.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Lord Williams says Britain is no longer “a nation of believers” and that a further decline in the sway of the Church is likely in the years ahead.
While the country is not populated exclusively by atheists, the former archbishop warns that the era of regular and widespread worship is over.
His stark assessment comes after David Cameron ignited a national debate over the place of religion in British public life. The Prime Minister urged Christians to be “more evangelical” about their faith and claimed that Britain should be a more confidently Christian country.
His remarks, in the run-up to Easter, provoked a furious response from atheist and secular groups, and prompted a succession of senior politicians to give their views, culminating in Nick Clegg, the atheist Liberal Democrat leader, calling for the disestablishment of the Church of England.
However, an exclusive poll for The Telegraph today discloses substantial support for the Prime Minister’s view. Findings from the ICM survey of 2,000 people conducted last week included:
• More than half the public – 56 per cent – regard Britain as a Christian country, a figure which rises to 60 per cent among men and 73 per cent among the over 65s;
• Almost two-thirds of practising Christians appear to be frightened of speaking out about their beliefs. The poll found 62 per cent saying the rise of religious fundamentalism had made Christians afraid to express their faith;
• Widespread concerns also emerge over the perceived vulnerability of Christians in the UK to abuse or discrimination. Sixty-two per cent of people who hold Christian beliefs but do not worship regularly say they feel Christians are given “less protection” than other religious groups by the state;
• Overall, 52 per cent of respondents described themselves as either practising or non-practising Christians, while a further five per cent said they belonged to another faith group. Some 41 per cent said they were not religious."
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:::::: Come on, America: Follow the lead of the atheist Britons !
Great Britain may be post-christian, but I wonder about its status with islam. Its seeming fascination with multiculturalism as regards islam strikes me as being foolish at best and self-destructive at worst. At some point or other, it will have to recognize that, if GB wishes to maintain its integrity as a nation, making exceptions for muslims who feel like they have a right to superimpose their beliefs onto civil society is a plain and simple mistake.
America is not there yet. We have a long way to go.
WHILE TRUE, STEPH,
AS AN AGNOSTIC ATHEIST ACTIVIST WHO HAS BEEN IN THE FIGHT FOR OVER FIFTY YEARS, I KNOW THE GROWN OF AMERICAN ATHEISM IN THE LAST 30 YEARS IN GENERAL AND IN THE LAST TEN YEARS, HAS BEEN AMAZING. WE ARE WELL ON OUR WAY AND THE MORE ATHEISTS WHO JOIN, AND ALSO SUPPORT ATHEIST ACTIVIST GROUPS LIKE "AMERICAN ATHEISTS", "THE FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION", "ATHEISTS UNITED" AND THE "MILITARY ASSOCIATION OF ATHEISTS AND FREETHINKERS" THE FASTER IT WILL HAPPEN,
THE MANY BILLBOARDS PUT UP ALL OVER THE USA IN THE LAST YEAR ARE REALLY GREAT AND WILL DRAW EVEN MORE TO COME OUT
IF ANY HAVE NOT SEEN THESE BILLBOARDS, THEY CAN BE FOUND ON THE NET.!
The problem now is Islam.
With immigration and much higher birth-rates the Muslim population will continue to grow until inevitably, at some point in the future, it is the dominant religion in Britain. This will happen sooner in other European countries which have smaller populations, such as Sweden.
The Islamisation of Europe coincides with the growing problems of overpopulation and climate change and suggests that there will be social instability as we approach the mid-century.
The political right wing tends to uphold Christianity as a symbol of native European culture and as a buffer against Islam.
So what can Europeans do about Islam and it's growth in the population?
In Britain and France there are two rising political parties prepared to address the problem, these are the United Kingdom Independence party (UKIP) and Marine Le Pen's National Front respectively. The main parties don't seem to address the seriousness of the problem.
I think the best thing Europeans can do is vote for similar parties in their own countries.
SIMPLE, GET ATHEISTS TO COME OUT AND TAKE ACTION!
It's interesting that 62% found the rise of religious fundamentalism made christians afraid to express their faith.
The islam issue also concerns me, as others have noted. I wonder if secularism is sufficiently contagious to infect the muslim communities. After all, one of the ways muslim countries prop up their religious autocracy is via control of press and communications, and via laws against apostasy and blasphemy. In a free state, with absence of those laws, maybe religion dies like an earthworm caught in the bright sunshine.
I know Muslims in London who drink and do not attend their mosque and are outcasts to an extent. Living in a Western country gives Muslims more opportunity to break away from their community and become westernised. However, there are Muslim patrolled no-go areas in London, separate Muslim schools, radical leaders and Sharia is a fact in these communities. As advised by Bosnian Serb friends, 'they will do business with you but they won't be your friend.' In my experience this is more or less true.
Secularists and the left wing generally do not recognise the problem of 'Islamification' and believe in integration. However even Chancellor Merkel stated years ago that multiculturalism had failed. The Muslims do not integrate, largely live on social welfare and defy integration. The Right wing of politics is more realistic to the extent that they are prepared to take necessary steps to protect European civilisation but tend to uphold Christianity and it's values.
Islam is militant and aggressive and engaged in Jihad, and continuing terrorist atrocities are an obvious example. I think Islam will become more aggressive and militant as it's adherents grow in strength and number.