IS BRITAIN SECULAR AND HAVE WE REALLY LOST THE PLOT – Lord Sacks is due to retire this coming Sunday but before he parts he wanted pass on his views in which he feels that Britain has become secular and lost the plot.
I read with interest with what Lord Sacks had to say and there are many areas in which it is difficult to disagree.
Lord Sacks feels that we, as a nation, have become secular because of the lack of truth. We no longer trust the institutions to educate us; all politicians are liars, thieves and war-mongers and as for faith; well let’s just say it appears we have no faith in any of the multiple religions within our society.
The issue as to why society is breaking down, according to Lord Sacks, simply comes down to the lack of trust.
Who could possibly argue with what is clearly the truth and as these issues in society divide us further it can only result in society become more secular.
The biggest issue facing society has always been that of Government. We duly elect a Government every four years and we should expect, no demand that the Government live up to the promises it made during the electoral campaign.
Unfortunately it appears the case that a politician will say almost anything in order to secure the votes but are obviously standing there with their fingers tightly crossed behind their backs.
The old joke goes, how do you know when a politician is lying? Their lips are moving. Yes you might have a bit of a chuckle but when you think how true this is then you’ll end up with your head in your hands crying out for salvation for how could you have been so blind as to vote in a liar.
Last week Lord Sacks urged Government Ministers to finally live up to the promise of tax breaks for married couples. Not only would this be the right thing to do, considering it was a campaign pledge, it would also help sustain the institution of marriage by lightening the burden and therefore strain on a marriage which is most often brought about by financial woes.
Lord Sacks also thinks that mother’s who stay at home to raise their children deserve more recognition and Government assistance.
This particular issue I strongly disagree with as I should not, as a taxpayer, be burdened by a lifestyle choice of another person; that is people who have children make a clear choice and that choice shouldn’t be a burden to me.
Another area that I strongly disagree with is that Lord Sacks feels the internet is simply a place that fuels intolerance and hatred.
I personally think that while there is a rather unpleasant side to the internet it also allows people to air their views far more easily than ever before and in most instances allows the truth to be told.
Most often we don’t like to hear the truth; maybe that’s why we so readily vote in liars. The trouble with hiding the truth only goes further in making society secular as our distrust grows and festers.
Lord Sacks feels that Internet Services Providers (IPS), Social Networks and other websites should be subject to a change in the law whereby it would force them to remove ‘questionable’ material.
I think we can all readily agree that content such as child pornography should be removed but to remove articles and documents of a person’s viewpoint simply goes against a democratic right to free speech.
We already have a number of laws in place to protect internet users and yet when you look at how the British Government has been trying to force Google to eradicate child pornography from it servers and failing you have to ask why bother with legislation that cannot be enforced?
Is the internet damaging society? You can clearly split the views on this question into three distinguishable groups; Yes, No and Don’t Know. There will always be those who take the middle ground by pleading ignorance whilst the rest debate as to its own virtues and ideologies.
I do agree with Lord Sacks that communities are no longer caring and open to other people’s needs but look at how society has changed. The last Labour Government open the doors of immigration wide whilst this Government simply took the doors off the hinges. Both instances were clearly created through the Borders Act, Human Rights Act and our involvement in the European Court of Human Rights.
Looking at the make-up of British society one wonders what part of it is in fact British and when you create such a multicultural society is there any wonder why we have become so secular?
The differing views, cultures and religious beliefs simply do not allow for the Utopia of a multicultural cohesive community that the previous or this Government wish to create; the very best we could achieve is a modicum of tolerance and even that appears to be dissipating faster than water on hot coals.
The last issue that Lord Sacks addresses is that of religion and how we are moving away from our faith.
The question here is ‘what faith?’ Do we follow an Islamic faith that openly allows women to be beaten, children to be raped and of course call for martyrdom in the name of Allah?
Of course Britain is predominantly, or at least was, a Christian country. It’s little wonder why people don’t go to church? This is an institution that has a very sordid past and it hasn’t really improved over the years. Instead of openly instigating wars, poverty, paedophila and murder, but to name a few, the Church’s activities are now far more clandestine.
The TRUTH is what do we have to look up to? What in our society provides us with the guiding light for it certainly isn’t our politicians and religion is simply the sickest form of indoctrination, regardless to which religion is preached, that has ever been laid upon mankind.
No wonder we are a secular society but I doubt we have yet lost the plot; well at least not quite yet.