The UK mixed on whether to remain a ‘Christian country’.
David Cameron described the UK as a ‘Christian country’, although it appears that his right-hand man Nick Clegg holds an opposing opinion – as he feels the state and Church should eventually stand separately. A controversial topic, do we still perceive ourselves as a Christian country?
The topic of debate seemed to have our panel almost split down the middle, as 55% voted yes to having the Church and state separated. Many felt modern-day UK is such a culturally diverse society, not only in terms of religion, it’s something we should celebrate.A number of the panel, although many were Christians, felt it was wrong to enforce your individual beliefs and views of a certain religion on a whole state that do not all share the same beliefs. Many felt that there were a number of examples all across the world of how certain religions ruling governing laws has ended for the worse.
Some felt more strongly than others, as they saw it was absurd to still have a society that is led by one religion, that your religious views or faith is personal to the individual – having religion and state as one entity is a conflict of the majority’s interest.
Many felt the Church needed to modernise if it was to remain the religion to represent the UK, with a number commenting on the right to Gay marriage.
44% of the panel wanted the state and Church to remain together, most of this segment of the panel are Christian – although surprisingly not all of them are.
On the whole, this proportion of the panel had the ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ outlook. To make a change so major could disrupt the balance we currently have between government and religion. Others mentioned the identity of the UK was Christian, as its part of our history and therefore something we should be proud of. Some of the panel felt that the fundamentals to Christianity instil good principles and morals into society.