Saturday, March 21, 2009

Government gives faith grant to anti-Christian secularists

It is the logical consequence of moral relativism and ‘equal rights’ for all. It transpires that the Department for Local Government, which is headed by Mr Dale’s ‘little chipmunk’ Hazel Blears, has a little pot of money called the ‘Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund’. Yet Mrs Blears has granted £25,000 of this to the British Humanist Association, which is fundamentally opposed to ‘faith groups’, and to Christianity in particular. The BHA promotes secularism and propagates the virtues of atheism, asserting only this month that the role of Christianity in public life leads to 'discrimination, disadvantage, inequality'.

Public money is increasingly being used to boost the influence of atheism in councils, schools and the police. Thus taxpayers’ money is being used to actively undermine the Christian foundations of the nation. The BHA opposes faith schools, religious education, and the use of religious symbols in public buildings. They were also responsible for financing Richard Dawkins’ £140,000 advertising campaign on London buses, which used the slogan: 'There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.' In addition, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has given the group a further £35,000 ‘to promote secularism in the public services under equality and human rights laws’.

So now taxpayers may know that they subsidised the ‘No God’ campaign to the tune of £60,000 – 43 per cent.

Caroline Spelman, the Conservative communities and local government spokesman, has observed the dilemma. She says: “There is a clear agenda to twist so-called equality and human rights. It is wrong that taxpayers' money is being used to bully town halls into axing funding for Christian faith groups... It is scandalous that Government cash is being used to train ‘local authority equality officers’ and tear down the religious paintings and imagery which are part of the fabric of our nation.’

Cranmer shall forgive Mrs Spelman the reference to ‘Government cash’.

Since Labour has granted (taxpayers') cash intended for faith groups to a group of rabid atheists, the Government has defined atheism as a faith.

If atheism is a faith, it follows that it must contend in the public sphere for supremacy within the emerging pyramid of competing rights, and it must do so under the aegis of Christianity, for that faith is inseparable from British history and traditions and is woven into the fabric of the nation’s life. In addition, it ought to be obliged to 'respect' those who hold contrary views - that is to say this grant ought to prevent the group from proselytising or imposing its views upon those who might be offended. If taxpayers' money is withheld from Christian groups which adhere to orthodox beliefs - on the grounds that they fall foul of 'equality' legislation - the same stringent criteria ought to apply to the NSA.

Cranmer could not see Mrs Blears granting £25,000 to a Christian group which was responsible for an advertising campaign which proclaimed Allah does not exist, Mohammed is a false prophet, or that homosexuality is a sin.

The liberal democracy which has developed over the centuries has become manifestly illiberal where Christianity is concerned. The state should tolerate all beliefs which do not restrict the freedom of others. It has been revealed in the Scriptures and found by experience that Christianity yields equality, liberty and a distinctive moral vision of the common good.

In pursuit of Labour's 'common good', it is to be observed that the state is increasingly intolerant of Christianity; all citizens are no longer equal before the law; and the only neutrality expressed by the state towards religion is that which is profoundly anti-Christian, which is no neutrality at all. The secularism of the NHA is as aggressive as the most odious of faiths: it is not ‘neutral’. It has its own creed, propagates its own infallible dogma, and is as corrosive to the common good as any other assertion of absolute intolerance.


Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

Is the BHA by any stretch of the imagination a 'faith group'? Which particular doctrine does it follow?

Then again, does this woman understand anything at all?

21 March 2009 at 12:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no wander why Ruth Kelly was right to leave Labour... I don't think they would further cater her Catholic belief as clearly Labour have forgotten where there's lie.

21 March 2009 at 13:10  
Anonymous len said...

Secular Socialist humanism IS a religion.
The religion of man! Along with fascism,capitalism,communism, etc , etc,
What fools we are!

21 March 2009 at 13:35  
Blogger berenike said...

Snigger. Another one for the Fake Charities people ...

21 March 2009 at 14:16  
Anonymous Stop Common Purpose said...

I smell Common Purpose at work.

21 March 2009 at 15:59  
Anonymous Disciples of Bacchus said...

I wonder if we could get some of thish dosh to shupport our Friday night ritualsh down at the George and Dragon?

21 March 2009 at 16:23  
Blogger Goodnight Vienna said...

It's 'cos we're all communities and regions now innit?

For myself, I'd rather we were a country.

21 March 2009 at 16:41  
Anonymous not a machine said...

The BHA is devoutely marxist , it has to be !!

no wonder they can get govt money

really makes me cross your grace, this goverment are activly tabling dis establishment of the church , under the guise of modernisation when in fact it is for socialism V2.0.

humanists are good critics but poor answeres of questions , try it next time you meet one

21 March 2009 at 17:00  
Blogger Man in a Shed said...

The Atheists are quite clearly a faith group, since they have no conclusive proof of their assertions ( which makes they beliefs ).

Those who deny it can add another description to their list, deluded. They don't even have the excuse of having received any divine revelation.

Of course those of us with a different faith can see another force at work behind the BHA, and Labour is closely in league with it.

21 March 2009 at 18:36  
Anonymous Cockney Rebel said...

All One can really say is that the present so called Government & the secular humanist mob deserve each other. Both live in cloud cuckoo land, the place where possibly, maybe and probably lurch singing into the sunset every day. My word to them is O.K you've got it wrong, not probably but definitely. Stop throwing Our money at your problems, wake up and smell the coffee, before it's too late.

21 March 2009 at 23:20  
Anonymous EUBanana said...

Plenty of atheists having nothing to do with Marxism, though atheist = Stalin is something of an Old Meme, to be sure...

Its just another Zanulab fake charity pushing the Zanulab line.

22 March 2009 at 02:04  
Blogger Theo said...

It is difficult to imagine what the "common good" is in evangelical atheism, unless they want to be spared the inconvenience of the public holidays which have their roots in Christian festivals.

The process is totally destructive. Why would they want to destroy the faith of someone who find comfort and security in that faith no matter how erroneous that faith is. They are attempting to replace faith with nothing. Do I smell envy here?

If they are right they won't even have the satisfaction of being able to say "I told you so"

22 March 2009 at 02:49  
Blogger Gnostic said...

When it comes to how taxpayers money is wasted it seems our political masters refuse to have any truck with the inconvenience of public accountability. They do, however, seem to have an embryonic sense of irony...

22 March 2009 at 09:00  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

All in the Communist manifesto, destruction of the family, undermining the church, destruction of free market capitalism etc.
Every thing is going to plan for them, but why, if we know what they are doing are our Generals letting them, didn't they spend decades trying to protect us from this during the cold war.
It's behind you Generals !!!!!

22 March 2009 at 14:43  
Anonymous Philip said...

Agree, including on the unlikelihood of Government money going to Christian groups who proclaim Mohammed is a false prophet or homosexual practice is sin –views some find odious. But that some find BHA’s views and activities odious doesn’t matter, and their views don’t seem ‘diverse’ when it comes to religion. But they still get the money. But of course, the Government (and probably left-liberals elsewhere) wants to promote everything but Christianity - and is what 'diversity' turns out to be all about.

Yes in a sense atheism is a 'faith' because 1) one needs perhaps more faith to deny the existence of God than to believe in Him, and 2) it could be said to be a belief system that can conveniently avoid any concept of a 'God' who makes moral demands, and to whom we’ll all have to give an account.

22 March 2009 at 21:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful news, but it would be better if the were no such thing as a slush fund for faith communities 'capacity building'. If people want to build the capacity to delude themselves with fairytales, then they should pay for it out of their own pocket. If you just want to build communities then your faith should have nothing to do with it, so it should just be the 'community capacity building fund'.

28 September 2009 at 01:02  

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