Just an aspiration

Just an aspiration

Just an aspiration

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I QUESTION prime minister Cameron’s assertion that we are a Christian country.

This sounds as if we have achieved something worthwhile and have been in this position for some time. While it is undeniable that we have a rich Christian heritage, this has a dark side as well as being an obvious source of inspiration since the time of Christ.

Wonderful things have happened in Christian history, but also many things which are shameful. Does Cameron wish to acknowledge these?

When a ‘Christian’ king was crowned at the beginning of the 12th century, his anti-semitic comments caused anti-Jewish riots and in York the slaughter of the Jewish community.

Catholics in York were executed on the Knavesmire and during Mary’s reign it was the turn of non-Catholics to suffer.

Slavery was supported by many eminent churchmen and condemned by others as ‘unChristian.’ It seems to me that being a Christian country’ is an aspiration, which has never been realised and probably never will be.

Colin Golightly, Dringhouses, York.

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2:35pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Seadog says...

Good, balanced and fair comment, Colin.

What really puzzled me about the PM's statement, however, was his use of the word "evangelical": I presume he meant "evangelistic", which is not quite the same thing at all! This confusion is increasingly common, especially amongst people who talk about Christianity without necessarily knowing very much about it.
Good, balanced and fair comment, Colin. What really puzzled me about the PM's statement, however, was his use of the word "evangelical": I presume he meant "evangelistic", which is not quite the same thing at all! This confusion is increasingly common, especially amongst people who talk about Christianity without necessarily knowing very much about it. Seadog
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11:48pm Fri 25 Apr 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Was it Tony Blair who said he didn't 'do God?' And then became a Catholic when he left parliament.
So Colin, if we are not a Christian country now, when did we stop being one or are you trying to say we never were?
Was it Tony Blair who said he didn't 'do God?' And then became a Catholic when he left parliament. So Colin, if we are not a Christian country now, when did we stop being one or are you trying to say we never were? ColdAsChristmas
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