George Carey comments.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, has penned an opinion piece for The Telegraph.

It’s not a bad read really but there are some parts where additional facts and thinking help us understand the situations he describes.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have already been joined by most Christian people in their despair over the attitude of British Airways to the wearing of a small cross by one of its employees.

The decision by BA was the right one but made for entirely wrong reasons. The appear to be happy to allow other religious garb but they are unhappy with Christian symbols. All religious symbols and dress must be banned.

Mr Carey describes the item in question as “a small cross”. The problem is not the size but what it represents. When I see the cross, I am reminded of the terrible injustices of Christianity and the repulsive laws of their god. For some examples, visit Evil Bible.com. Note some of the references to unborn children being torn from the womb, rape and genocide. Anyone who wears a cross accepts that this is their god and these are his laws. You can’t argue that everything gets nicer in the New Testament, it’s still the same god.

Everyone in public ministry knows that this is merely the thin end of the wedge. Secularists are clearly determined to do away with religious schools, even though the entire education system of this country was founded upon them.

Although the church was instrumental in bringing education to many countries, this is no reason why the church should still have a role in schools. Barbers would provide a one-stop service for haircuts and surgery back in the 16th century. This does not mean that a barber’s union should be running medical schools today.

As we approach Christmas, we will all continue to count the number of “Happy Holiday” cards we receive. The encroachments upon the Nativity become a more serious issue year-on-year. The annual rash of “winterval” stories in the press about local authorities that ban Christmas lights, or schools that deem nativity plays to be politically incorrect, merely highlights the problems.

This is not a case of political correctness. This is simply preventing public funds from being used to finance the celebrations of the delusional. Religion is a personal decision. If someone wishes to worship Jesus, Mohammed or a jug of milk – they are free to do so in their own time and at their own expense. The crucifix, in an ideal world would be considered as offensive as the Swastika. Not all Christians would agree with the harsh, pedantic and seemingly psychopathic laws of their God. Not all Nazi party members were out chasing Jews. Still, they all wear the same badge, they are all part of the problem.

This country is in danger of losing sight of its Christian heritage. One of the most telling recent cases is the action taken by student unions against Christian organisations on university campuses. I was among those who earlier this year spoke in Parliament and voted against a proposed law that would exempt religion from free speech. Yet, I am beginning to wonder whether the principle of free speech can even be preserved on university campuses. In the past, I have been a frequent speaker at Christian Union meetings in many leading universities. I am appalled, along with many others, by the withdrawal of privileges by some student groups from Christian Unions.

This country is also in danger of losing sight of its Celtic and pagan roots. This does not mean that we should be building stone monuments and adorning ourselves with little swirls. Just because Christianity is part of our past, does not have to make it part of the future. Bristol was a famous port in the international slave-trade, a trade that god condones on many occasions in the Bible. No sensible person would ask that slavery be introduced simply because it’s part of Bristol’s cultural heritage.

Mr Carey is providing very basic information regards the recent issues with Christian organisations based on University sites.

Some have been removed from Student Union affiliation because they are little too exclusive with their entry requirements. i.e. if you’re not going to sign a paper saying that you’re a Christian, you can’t join our club. Others have been involved in rather sordid attempts to ‘cure homosexuals’. They claim that this is a free speech issue but would a university be seriously expected to allow the BNP (A British racist political group) to run a session called “Curing yourself of being asian”? How about if they used reference material that referred to asians as abominations who should be killed? It’s the same idea, just Christians think it’s okay to worship a god who clearly wants all gays to be killed. Incidentally, he’s not fond of mixed-race marriages either.

Refer back to the earlier comments regarding the crucifix and what it stands for. Christianity is an abomination that cannot help but be divisive and discriminatory. Mr Carey is a moderate but he speaks without considering the way Christianity is perceived by many. Also, his kind ignore the repulsive text that forms the basis of their religion.

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