No values

No values

No values

First published in Letters by

AS a believer I do not expect the nation to be Christian; how can it be since the word is used specifically to define an individual who has consciously committed to follow a particular way of life?

No one can commit a whole nation to do that.

Mr Golightly (Letters, April 25) rightly describes what happens when a ruler attempts to impose his or her concept of faith, regardless of the values that govern each individual’s behaviour.

Democracy enables every voter to show which candidate most closely reflects his or her own values.

We shall see in a month the values that the majority of this nation choose to be guided by. Some, no doubt, like the individual I saw last Saturday in a crowded Coney Street, will not want to identify themselves with any candidate expressing Christian and humanitarian values.

He kicked a crippled busker’s accordion and the money donated into the gutter, telling him to go home to his own country. As a final threat, he said he would make sure that he did not beg in York again.

However this nation is described, my experience is that the values which that individual exhibited are not those of the majority of Britons.

Maurice Vassie, Chair York Christian Aid, Deighton, York.

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4:08pm Fri 2 May 14

Firedrake says...

Quite right, Maurice.
Quite right, Maurice. Firedrake
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7:08pm Mon 5 May 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"AS a believer I do not expect the nation to be Christian; how can it be since the word is used specifically to define an individual who has consciously committed to follow a particular way of life?"
Like someone who has decided to organise their life around a book written nearly 2000 years ago by a group of desert dwelling Bronze age savages?
"He kicked a crippled busker’s accordion and the money donated into the gutter, telling him to go home to his own country. As a final threat, he said he would make sure that he did not beg in York again."
But in the bible the christian god yahweh kills a man for gathering sticks on Sunday?
"Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” So all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. - Numbers 15: 32-36"
"However this nation is described, my experience is that the values which that individual exhibited are not those of the majority of Britons."
Indeed no; the last survey in March 2011 found that 44% of the British people were atheist but this rose to 66% among 18-24 year olds. Increasingly we are putting behind us the hatred and misogyny of religion and joining secular nations like Sweden, Norway and Japan.
"AS a believer I do not expect the nation to be Christian; how can it be since the word is used specifically to define an individual who has consciously committed to follow a particular way of life?" Like someone who has decided to organise their life around a book written nearly 2000 years ago by a group of desert dwelling Bronze age savages? "He kicked a crippled busker’s accordion and the money donated into the gutter, telling him to go home to his own country. As a final threat, he said he would make sure that he did not beg in York again." But in the bible the christian god yahweh kills a man for gathering sticks on Sunday? "Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” So all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. - Numbers 15: 32-36" "However this nation is described, my experience is that the values which that individual exhibited are not those of the majority of Britons." Indeed no; the last survey in March 2011 found that 44% of the British people were atheist but this rose to 66% among 18-24 year olds. Increasingly we are putting behind us the hatred and misogyny of religion and joining secular nations like Sweden, Norway and Japan. Pinza-C55
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