Extremism, another word for Christianity

Aug 14, 2015 by

By Alexander Boot: According to Huw Lewis, Welsh Education Minister, religious (meaning Christian) education threatens “community cohesion” and encourages “extremism”. Hence he proposes to muffle the destructive effect of Christianity by lumping it together in the same course with “philosophy, ethics and citizenship”, thereby instructing pupils on “what it means to be a citizen in a free country”. A minor, or perhaps not so minor, point is that British pupils, even if they happen to be Welsh, aren’tcitizens of any country, free or otherwise. They are subjects of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This isn’t a difference in semantics. Rather it’s a clue to two diametrically opposite types of statehood and civilisation. In the modern Western context, ‘citizen’ is a republican, Enlightenment construct that came into being as a result of a concerted effort to break away from almost 2,000 years of Christendom. It’s not for nothing that the first secular government in history, that of the United States, almost immediately declared that religion would play no role in state affairs. The US Constitution coyly eschews the phrase ‘separation of church and state’. Instead the First Amendment states only that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But in his comments both before and after the ratification Thomas Jefferson was unequivocal: this amendment, he gloated, built “a wall of separation between Church and State”. The modern state pioneered by America and later developed by France is a revolutionary contrivance, only intelligible against the background of burgeoning hostility to Christianity, along with all of its ecclesiastical and secular institutions. Monarchy is the fundamental political institution of Christendom because it unites in itself both the secular and transcendent aspects of national history. It’s thus an organic entity, as opposed to a revolutionary one. This was reflected in the oath Her Majesty took at her coronation 62 years ago, when this dialogue took place: Read here...

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Princess Charlotte is christened at a Sandringham church

Jul 5, 2015 by

From BBC News: Princess Charlotte has been christened at a church in Sandringham after the Cambridges made their first public outing as a family of four. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pushed the princess in a pram the Queen used for two of her own children. Several thousand well wishers greeted the royals, while Prince George delighted the crowds on foot. The royal couple announced ahead of the christening that they had chosen five godparents for the princess. The christening was held at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, and attended by guests including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Other attendees included Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton and her two siblings, Pippa and James. The baptism, conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby, was held in private. Read and watch video here Princess Charlotte’s baptism: read the Archbishop’s homily...

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The spares who became heirs

May 4, 2015 by

by Anna Browning, BBC News: As fourth-in-line to the throne, the latest addition to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s family is unlikely to be monarch. But as history shows, being born second – or spare to the heir – doesn’t always mean the top royal job is out of reach. From the Anglo Saxon King of Wessex, Edward the Elder, to Elizabeth I, to the current Queen’s own father, George VI, there are numerous examples of second-borns having assumed the throne. The reasons are varied. The timeline of the kings and queens of England is littered with examples of treachery, adultery, murder and just plain bad luck. But there are also the second-borns who missed out. Spare a thought for William the Conqueror’s second son, who was killed in a hunting accident. The throne of England was handed to his younger brother William Rufus, who himself died in a hunting accident decades later. Then there was the second son of “mad king” George III, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, whose death from dropsy meant that after the death of George IV the job skipped to George III’s third son, William IV. Read here Read also:  Why the New Royal Baby Is 4th in Line for the Throne by Lily Rothman, Time Magazine  ...

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Archbishop Welby leads prayers at Richard III reinterment

Mar 26, 2015 by

From ACNS: The Archbishop of Canterbury led prayers and the blessing at the reinterment of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral today. Archbishop Justin Welby blessed the remains of Richard III during a special ceremony attended by Royal Family members, Bishop of Leicester Tim Stevens, senior UK ecumenical clergy and civic leaders, among others. The mortal remains were received at the Cathedral on Sunday night during a service of Compline, having been carried from the University of Leicester by the team who discovered them. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, preached at the service. In the medieval rite of reburial, before reinterment the person’s remains were placed in the church while its usual pattern of worship continued. Read here  The reinterment of King Richard III – Live...

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King Richard III’s coffin leaves for tour of county

Mar 22, 2015 by

From ITV News: The coffin carrying the remains of King Richard III has left the University of Leicester. The body is to be taken on a tour of places in Leicestershire associated with the former king, including Bosworth Battlefield where he was killed. Later today he will return to Leicester for a service at the city’s Cathedral. Read here...

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My fears over the intimidation of Christians in the Middle East

Feb 8, 2015 by

By HRH The Prince of Wales: There is a real worry that there could come a time when there are no Christians left in the Middle East because the numbers have gone so dramatically down. With what has happened in Mosul in Iraq and other centres, there are very few Christians left because they were intimidated to a degree you can’t believe. Everything has been taken from them. Many of them are so fearful now of ever going back. It is a most agonising situation, but we must remember that all around the world there is appalling persecution going on, not only of Christians but of Muslims and of other faiths and religions. The radicalisation of people in Britain is a great worry, and the extent to which this is happening is alarming, particularly in a country like ours where we hold values dear. You would think that the people who have come here, or are born here, and who go to school here, would abide by those values and outlooks. But the frightening part is that people can be so radicalised, either through direct contact with somebody, or through the internet. There is an extraordinary amount of crazy stuff on the internet and clearly some people get particularly affected by it and join with others. I can see some of this radicalisation is a search for adventure and excitement at a particular age. Read here  ...

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