Mark Pritchard MP: ''Labour untie the Judaeo-Christian cords that have held this nation together for centuries at their peril.''
And Cranmer thought this sort of plain speaking on matters of religion was long gone – a cross-party conspiracy of silence, for fear of being tarred with the brush of bigotry; for fear of ‘racism’; for fear of offending any faith group - every one of whose votes is a morsel of manna in this increasingly volatile political climate in which constituencies may be won or lost by a handful of votes.
Mr Pritchard’s comments form part of an incisive article in The Daily Telegraph entitled ‘Christianity in schools: why we're losing our religion’.
It covers the case of headmistress Julia Robinson and her multi-faith assemblies for multi-cultural Britain, only to meet with accusations of ‘racism’ from some Muslim parents. Her resignation was an undoubted victory for diversity. And this incident was followed by that of Erica Connor, a headmistress at a Woking school, who sought legal redress after enduring ‘vituperous’ complaints against her by four Muslim governors. After an investigation, there was no evidence of racism, Islamophobia or religious bias, but the harassment continued. Ms Connor was forced to take leave suffering severe depression, and is now suing Surrey County Council for damages. And Cranmer has already written of the case of Jennie Cain, a school receptionist, who asked her friends to pray for her daughter and Landscore Primary School in Devon, after an incident in which the five-year-old had been reprimanded by a teacher for talking to a friend about heaven and Jesus.
These attacks are not upon individuals, but upon the faith of this nation; the faith which is established by law. They are not disputes between flesh and blood, but between principalities and powers. The UK’s Christian heritage is being supplanted by an intolerant secularism within which Islam is uniquely protected. As Allah, Mohammed and the Qur’an supplant YHWH, Jesus and the Bible for state defence, Christianity is being marginalised to the point of illegality.
Cranmer would like to repeat the call of Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, who has called on Christians to defend their beliefs. He said: ''For those who despair at the treatment meted out to these Christian women the message is clear: wake-up Christian England.''
Wake up, indeed. This is time for a trumpet sound.
It ought to come as no surprise that the fiercest attacks are taking place within the nation’s schools, where there is a growing discrimination against Christianity. Councillor Alan Craig of the Christian People’s Alliance observes that teachers are ‘being prevented from implementing policies that may be opposed by some Muslim parents by the fear of an Islamic backlash’. This has led many schools to proactively marginalise the majority Christian faith, evidenced in the many instances of compulsory halal meat for all students (despite objections from the Sikhs, to whom it is forbidden), Muslim prayer rooms, Nativity plays being banned and Christ's birth being celebrated at ‘Wintermass’ rather than Christmas.
Despite the law requiring assemblies to be ‘broadly Christian’, and despite Religious Education having to major on Christianity, both have become a nervous expression of multi-faith pap in which nothing divisive is discussed: all religions are equal; all doctrines of all gods are basically the same, for it would be ‘discrimination’ to promote one over the others.
And if Cranmer’s readers and communicants wish to be even more concerned, he has been made aware of the propsed ‘professional standards’ of the General Teaching Council, the body to which all qualified teachers are forced to belong. Under the code, all teachers will be required to ‘proactively combat discrimination’ and ‘value diversity’ based on religious belief and sexual orientation.
It is noteworthy that they are obliged to ‘proactively combat discrimination’ and not prejudice. Is not discrimination inherent to life itself? Shall not a teacher be permitted to advocate that the army put its men to fight on the front line, or is that sexist? Or that mosques should not be forced to employ Christian preachers, or is that religionist? Or that Churches should not be forced to employ homosexual youth leaders, or is that homophobic? Or that fat, unhealthy people ought not to run the London marathon, or is that sizeist? Or that the Conservative Party should refuse to employ Labour Party members, or is that.. err, what is that?
Whatever it is, it is surely an appropriate discrimination on the grounds of political belief.
And as for ‘valuing diversity’, it is difficult to see how one may be obliged to value what one considers to be immoral. And does this ‘diversity’ spread to membership of the BNP? How does one 'value' diversity which stretches as far as sympathies for Osama bin Laden? What should be the limits of this diversity which is to be valued, and who is to decide if not the teachers?
Let us not forget that children who endure formative years of this secular, anti-Christian, amoral indoctrination shall be the parents, workers, employers, leaders and politicians of tomorrow.
O brave new world that hath such people in’t.