Wednesday, November 24, 2010

One acknowledges those godless johnnies...

I read with some delight today that the Queen of England actually took the opportunity of the commencement of the 5 year term of the general synod of the Church of England (who she is the head of) to point out that religious people have no monopoly on morality, she said the following:

"It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue and that the well-being and prosperity of the nation depend on the contribution of individuals and groups of all faiths and none,"

Ouch, that had to sting for some! I hear this argument all the time (ad nausea) i.e. "we need religion otherwise how would we know how to be good" what a bunch of poppycock, the evidence of our (real) lives is more like we need religion to learn how to avoid being moral and then come up with excuses for it (like my invisible sky daddy told me to do it).

Good for the Queen, perhaps she's been tracking the growing Atheist/Rationalist vibe on the internet in recent years, now that she has her own Facebook page and all, oh and I can't help feeling that Philip needs a holiday, just look at the expression on his face!!


Chairman Bil said...

But I am on a holiday - 12 weeks of gardening leave.

Steve Borthwick said...

CB, ok, ok no need to be offensive! ;)

gerrardus said...

Hiya Steve. The Queen is not the head of the C of E. She is its Supreme Governor. Henry VIII claimed to be "Head" but the first Elizabeth chose the humbler title as the Head of the church is Jesus. Even the Pope only claims to be the Vicar of Christ (ie he's in the job as a proxy for the Real Deal).

Happy Advent!


Steve Borthwick said...

Thanks for the clarification G, nice to hear her taking a rational tac regardless.