Gradually DISMANTLE Royal Family and Church, says report

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Gradually DISMANTLE Royal Family and Church when Prince Charles crowned King, says report

THE MONARCHY and the Church of England should be “disestablished” when Prince Charles is crowned King, according to a report.

The report claims Charle's ascension will provide an opportune moment for debate Photo (C) GETTY
The report claims Charle’s ascension will provide an opportune moment for debate Photo (C) GETTY

Prince Charle’s ascension to the throne will offer a “particularly opportune moment” to have a debate on disestablishing the Church of England, according to a report by the National Secular Society (NSS).

According to “Separating Church and State: The Case for Disestablishment”, Prince Charles will antagonize the non-Anglican majority of the UK population if he retains a coronation oath overtly committing him to uphold the tenants of the Anglican faith.

The NSS recommends “gradual dismantling, rather than securing a single clean break,” of the Church of England.

The decision will likely infuriate Royalists and Anglican believers.

But, the report dismisses any defence of the establishment as “flawed in a number of ways”, and that it is “absurd” to believe “a state-promotes religion is required to uphold a sense of national cohesion is clearly anachronistic in a multi- and non-faith democratic society”.

The report said: “The wording of the coronation oath, which implies that anyone not sharing the beliefs promulgated at the service are not to be included as full citizens of the state, does little, for an event that is supposed to unite the nation, to suggest any kind of inclusivity.”

The reigning monarch is head of the church and is the supreme governor of the Church of England Photo (C) GETTY
The reigning monarch is head of the church and is the supreme governor of the Church of England Photo (C) GETTY

The NSS’s report cites several examples for disestablishment, such as in Ireland in 1871 and Wales in 1920.

Also, since 1 January 2017, Norway has divested itself of an established Church.

As well as being head of state, the reigning monarch is head of the church and is the supreme governor of the Church of England and defender of the faith.

The report acknowledges Prince Charles’s reported wish to remain the defender of the faith, rather than “the faith”.

Queen Elizabeth II Prince Philip bought Her Majesty a bracelet as a gift Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II Prince Philip bought Her Majesty a bracelet as a gift Photo (C) GETTY

It adds: “The traditional title will be antagonistic for the non-Anglican majority of the UK population. On the other hand, attempting to avoid this difficulty by adopting the title ‘defender of faith’ will antagonize many supporters of the Church of England.”

It is also claimed the current stance of the Church on certain issues such as homosexuality, same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of assisted suicide are out of touch with the 21st century.

The status-quo, according to the report, creates inequalities and allows Church leaders to impose their views on others.

The report continues: “This inexorable decline of Christianity in the UK has been accompanied by a growing values gap between the Church and the general public…

Twenty-six Church of England bishops have reserved seats in the House of Lords Photo (C) GETTY
Twenty-six Church of England bishops have reserved seats in the House of Lords Photo (C) GETTY

“Reflected in its regressive stance on a number of moral issues, including: women’s rights (refusing to allow women bishops prior to the ordination of Libby Lane in 2015, for instance), the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2013 (which was opposed by every single bishop who voted), and the decriminalisation of assisted suicide (on which the Church hierarchy is at odds even with most of its own lay members).”

The report points out that only 25 per cent of countries had a state religion in 2011 and, of those, a minority were liberal democracies.

The report adds: “According to a YouGov/Sun poll conducted in 2013, 56 per cent of 18–24 year olds described themselves as having ‘no religion,’ (with just 13 percent describing themselves as belonging to the Church of England); 56 percent said that they never attended a place of worship, (a further 18 per cent attended once a year or less); and 41 percent thought that religion was a cause of evil, (with just 14 percent claiming that it was a force for good).”

Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding present from Prince Philip, and Kate Middleton has worn it Photo (C) GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding present from Prince Philip, and Kate Middleton has worn it Photo (C) GETTY

Anglican Christianity is closely intertwined with the British political system.

Twenty-six Church of England bishops have reserved seats in the House of Lords with the right to debate and vote on changes to the law.

But, only Britain and Iran have religious leaders in their legislatures by right.

The report concludes: “The voices of religious privilege are loud and their vested interests are strong.

“But if the problems of the 21st century life are to be effectively addressed, and if Britain is to become a modern state rather than one in which parliament continues to cleave to its medieval past, then the separation of church and state needs to be part of the solution.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

Tags: Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Royals, British Royal Family, Royals in Great Britain, British Royal Family

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