Hope for a nation which can embrace differences
RELIGIOUS influence in Britain has had its day.
Even the name of our official State religion, 'Church of England', is an outdated and pompous self-declaration.
Every religion by its own definition declares itself to be the closest aligned faith to its own God. Why else would a person be a member of one particular faith and not the other?
This is why religion is increasingly becoming a distant influence in the running of Britain.
It is impractical and undemocratic for one sole faith to dominate or influence other people of different faiths or indeed no faith.
Consequently, Britain is becoming a modern secular society.
Thankfully, our society is evolving to gradually remove religion's official influence in Britain. However there is still a long way to go and there are still many problems that religion imposes on our way of life in an official capacity.
Firstly as the Head of State, our Monarch should be a King or Queen for all faiths, and should not be officially associated with any one religion in a hierarchical role.
It is also exasperating that there are still unelected Bishops of just one faith in our political system.
Secondly, state-funded, or even privately funded faith schools stop children of mixed backgrounds socialising and understanding each other's cultures from an early age.
Any faith-based education should be restricted to a religious group's private organisation outside of school hours. This would then produce a generation of citizens who are well educated about each other's culture and embrace each other's differences.
As proven in Northern Ireland, there never has been, and never will be, an example of social cohesion being improved and enhanced in Britain by children who have been sent to different educational establishments based on their parents' religion.
Religion will always be in society, but it should never govern society.