There’s an alarmist title. No, nothing going on overseas – it’s the latest comment from our Education Secretary who says schools must teach that we are “a Christian country“.
I tried to calm myself down after reading the headline. OK, be reasonable, I thought – we do (much though I’d wish it otherwise) have an Established Church, and it’s a Christian one. Historically, the country has had a vast majority of its inhabitants at least nominally Christian, and although we are more diverse now, Christians are still the largest religious group.
That is still not the same as saying we are “a Christian country” in my book. That term seems to imply that Christianity is a default, and those misguided enough not to adhere to it are oddities. It’s probably not even too good for it to be seen as a default for those who are practising Christians – it’s meant to be an active choice, becoming a Christian, surely, not something that just happens automatically.
But anyway… I read on, to find the real horrors. Schools are to be “entitled to prioritise the views of established religion over atheism” and “do not need to give equal parity to non-religious views”