Government gives faith grant to anti-Christian secularists
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.