Friday, 3 December 2010

Send her victorious...

For the first time, I can sing God Save The Queen without the nagging sense of unease. 
The Queen, who is supreme governor of the Church of England, said: "In our more diverse and secular society, the place of religion has come to be a matter of lively discussion. It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue and that the wellbeing and prosperity of the nation depend on the contribution of individuals and groups of all faiths and none."
Bit old news, but I didn't notice it til it was posted on Pharyngula.

Not all good news, though.
But, recalling the words of Pope Benedict XVI from his UK visit last September, she said churches "and the other great faith traditions" retained the potential to inspire "great enthusiasm, loyalty and a concern for the common good".
Ultimately, she has to tread a careful line between opposing positions, in order to keep the monarchy in place. If she comes out firmly on one side or the other, she's going to find it very hard to carry on as Queen.

At least she does acknowledge that us atheists and secularists aren't fire-breathing baby-eaters. Once Charlie gets his butt on the throne, we're going to be assailed with all sorts of bombastic bullshit.

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