Saturday, 18 February 2012

Church and State in Britain

Parliament defends the Christian Faith in Britain

Localism Act Permits Christian Prayers
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has reversed a High Court ban that outlawed Christian prayers in Britain. Sky News reported on 18 February 2012 that the Communities Secretary signed a parliamentary order bringing into immediate effect a general power of competence contained in the Localism Act which enables councils to do anything an individual can do that is not illegal.

The move came in response to a High Court ruling earlier in February 2012 forbidding prayers in English councils prior to meetings. Bideford Town Council in Devon had been taken to court by a former councillor and the National Secular Society and ordered to renounce prayers at the start of their council meetings, and the court order became effective for all councils in England.

Stalinist Tyranny and the Government's Response
This blatant act of hatred towards the right of Christians to unite in prayer at the beginning of a working session was considered by many among Government ministers and the Clergy as an act of aggression against the freedom of the English People to practice the Christian Faith.
Eric Pickles said: “I can participate in prayers in the House of Commons so if I can do that why shouldn't councils throughout the Country do it?”  

The swift response from Britain's Parliament to a court ruling that outlaws the Christian Faith in British governing institutions is an evident demonstration that the British State and the Christian Faith are inseparable. It is proof that no court can ever stamp out our freedom and dignity to be that what we are: a tolerant nation that does not force people to believe in God, but that will not allow anyone to take from us the freedom to unite in communion and say prayers to the Lord in Christ's name.

Eric Pickles went on to say: "Last week's case should be seen as a wake-up call. For too long, the public sector has been used to marginalise and attack faith in public life, undermining the very foundations of the British nation. But this week, the tables have been turned."

Common British Identity in the Union Flag
Our English St. George Flag is Christian; our Scottish St. Andrew Flag is Christian; our Irish St. Patrick Flag is Christian. So our Union Jack is Christian.

The Faith cannot be separate from the State, there can be no such thing as separation of State and Church. Parliament and local councils cannot separate God from their respective institutions.

We need prayers at the start of each parliamentary and council meeting, Christian prayers, as our Union Flag requires of us!
Otherwise we would renege our identity of being British.

Written by D. Alexander

On 6 April 2012, the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, announced the new power - that contained within the Localism Bill - would "let councils innovate and also hands them back the freedom to pray".
This new power allows parish councils in England, including town councils, to hold prayers as part of their formal business, for example during a council meeting.

The Communities Secretary went on to say: "Bideford Town Council will be able to hold prayers once more at the start of council business. With Easter approaching, this sends a strong signal that this Government will protect the role of faith in public life against aggressive secularism".

The National Secular Society, which seeks to ban the Christian Faith from local government, has accused Mr. Pickles of behaving like a dictator, and has suggested that the court order which in February 2012 banned local government from saying prayers, is still valid. The National Secular Society said, in fact, that English parish councils abiding to the British Law - the Localism Bill - will risk being in contempt of court.

With this statement, the National Secular Society has challenged the authority of Parliament and of the democratically elected Government, not through democratic means, but by way of a court order which they are implying is binding and prevents Parliament from freedom of legislation.

With this latest statement, the National Secular Society has taken on both the Authority of Jesus Christ and the authority of Parliament. A court order banning the Christian Faith in England would mean the introduction of tyranny and the collapse of a Christian society through dictatorship. It would also mean the end of Parliament's authority, as it would serve as a precedent to bring to an end - by way of court orders - Parliament's freedom of legislation.

D. Alexander

Caption: Church in Hythe, Kent.

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