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Betrayal: The Churches

In the 2001 census, 390,000 individuals, (0.7 per cent of total respondents) self-identified as followers of the Jedi faith. Jediism appears to make as much sense as any other piece of voodoo nonsense, so why not embrace the Force? The state, however, refuses to embrace Jediism and has no intention of replacing the Anglican church with it.

The Church of England

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them high and lowly,
And ordered their estate.

When Mrs Alexander wrote this verse in the 19th century there would not have been much of a stir. Only 4,500 citizens had the vote, all men, no women; or put another way, 99.9% of the population didn't meet the £10 property qualification for the mandate. The world then was a different place and the role of the Anglican church was still significant. At some point someone decided that verse three, printed above, of All things bright and beautiful... was out of sync' with modern sensibilities and so it is nolonger sung throughout the land on Sundays. However, the disappearing verse helps us understand the relevance of the Anglican church in England today.

In the matrix of official and social relations within which power is exercised the Anglican church still holds sway. The church still has its ancient rights and privileges, they still have their Lords Spiritual in parliament, they still have their court, their property, their place at the top table but soon some small child will ask who they speak for and what they stand for, apart from self perpetuation.

The Bishop of Chester, who attended the House of Lords on 97 days, claimed £27,600 in attendance allowances and £7,309 in travel expenses. In contrast, the Bishop of Birmingham attended on 22 occasions but claimed no money.

For far too long the Anglican Church has been hanging onto the coat tails of changes in civil society, always two streets behind, always wrapped up in some internal debate e.g., gay marriage, women bishops, political loyalties.

The Church's General Synod was mocked by the BNP, after the Synod called for a ban on clergy belonging to the party. A spokesman for the BNP said:

"We are a modern, forward thinking and progressive nationalist party. We are non-discriminatory and we have a constitution to match. It is high time that was put out there. The Church of England has to keep up to date - they are stuck in the 1970s."

Supporters for the ordination of women bishops attacked elements within the Church hierarchy for delaying the necessary legislation to make women bishops, suggesting that the Synod would face public censure if they continued to prevaricate on the issue. The idea that the 'public' is engaged with this struggle within the Church is perhaps mock irony. However, placing an opt-out clause at parish level further fragments a Church already divided over gay marriage. And many within the church wonder about the way the Archbishop of Canterbury is chosen in secret, leaving the congregation out of the choosing process.


A Church in decline

Regular church attendance in the UK stands at 6% of the population, down from 11% in 1980. It is predicted that by 2020, attendance will be around 4% with an average age of 56. This decline in church attendance has forced many churches to close down across the UK with the Church Of England alone being forced to close 1,500 churches between 1969 and 2002.

The Church of England started life as a puppet of the State in the 16th century and by slow degrees became an irrelevance, out of touch, inward looking and unable to offer spiritual guidance on the ethical problems assailing British life. A new Archbishop of Canterbury has been chosen, November 2012, what or whether this will make any difference to the decline time will tell.

Justin Welby, a former investment banker and bishop of Durham, is the chosen one. He took up his post in March 2013 and seems to want to move beyond the tokenism of his predecessor.

Welby had a message for Iain Duncan Smith concerning his planned cap of welfare benefits:

Welby said: "As a civilised society, we have a duty to support those among us who are vulnerable and in need. When times are hard, that duty should be felt more than ever, not disappear or diminish. It is essential that we have a welfare system that responds to need and recognises the rising costs of food, fuel and housing.

"The current benefits system does that, by ensuring that the support struggling families receive rises with inflation.

"These changes will mean it is children and families who will pay the price for high inflation, rather than the government."

Welby's comments came after 43 bishops wrote to the Sunday Telegraph, warning that the changes "will have a disproportionate impact on families with children, pushing 200,000 children into poverty".

Understanding priests who bugger...

The Pope, is requesting his universal congregation to say at least five Hail Maries. His hope is that this act of mass contrition will somehow worm out the demons from the paedophiles' cloisters within the Catholic Church. The whole world is now aware that the Church hierarchy had a hand in covering up centuries of child abuse on a huge scale. A few Hail Maries will not fix the damage.

A very large shadow of doubt is hanging over the purpose and value of a church that cannot deal with a sickness at its core. Even more so in a world torn apart by wars, social struggles, and myriad forms of human barbarity.

Richard Dorking floated the idea of arresting the Pope when he landed here in September 2010, for crimes against humanity. This atheist nitwit thinks that he has some kind of moral authority, to act like a priest of the church of non-believers - what irony, we see no irony.

The abuse of children is not a new phenomenon and it's only been in recent history that society has faced up to its existence. And rampant paedophiles and sexually skewed priests do not have a monopoly on child abuse, most of it occurs in the home.

Dorking, and indeed, Stephen Hawkins are passionate in their disbelief of the existence of a God. Arguing against a belief in God supports the supposition that irrationality is the natural human impulse. A genuine rationalist wouldn't even enter such a pointless debate.

Slave Laundries, where laughter was not allowed

The Magdalene Laundries, run by nuns of the Catholic Church were set up in the 19th century as refuges for prostitutes but transformed into prisons for children that the state wanted to rid itself of. Orphans with nowhere else to go, single girls who found themselves pregnant and those judged by priests or the religious to be in 'moral danger' were sent to the laundries. Once there they were treated like slaves, working long hours unpaid. They were forgotten and exploited and the Church was no doubt paid well by the hotel chains and the likes of Guinness that the girls were washing for.

An estimated 10,000 young Irish girls were sent to the laundries, they received no education and they had no childhood; all they received was maltreatment at the hands of nuns robbed of humanity by their cravings for Jesus.

The Pontiff doesn't do equality

The headlines read 'Pope attacks Labour's equality laws'. Well, actually he was only attacking the bit about letting homosexuals run riot in his churches and the new ConDem Act does nothing to allay his rage. As he says: “it actually violates natural law” and these laws "impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs".

Roughly translated, the Catholic Church has no time for gender benders and gay lords and should be treated as a special case beyond State legislation.

The reason the church has no time available for gays is because all of its time is consumed by excusing the buggery of its representatives.

And it must preserve its closed door policy to a changing world. Otherwise it would have to recognise that the Catholic Church is naturally unequal, with all its cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests and flocks - and the Pope sitting right at the top, and doing very nicely thank you.

The work of the Inquisition

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, (that's the new name for the Inquisition) got been busy on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI defrocking child-molesting priests at a rate of more than one every two days in the last few years of his reign.

The cull of the paedo' priests came into the public gaze when the United Nations human rights committee in Geneva quizzed the Vatican over its human rights record in relation to children.

The Exorcist

Father Gabriel Amorth, 85, says he's carried out 70,000 exorcisms (he might be exaggerating the number of devils he's seen off) stands as a symbol of everything that's wrong with the Catholic Church, i.e. he's stuck in a medieval timewarp. He has denounced yoga and Harry Potter as the 'work of the Devil'.

However, Gabriel Amorth is an honest man, more than once he has told the media about his concerns over murder, mobsters, and sex scandals at the Vatican. In particular, relating to the disappearance of a 15 year old girl, said to have been used for sex parties at the Vatican.

The good father should perhaps investigate the unsolved murder of God's Banker, Roberto Calvi, late of Banco Ambrosiano, found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in 1982, his pockets filled with cash and precious stones. The police believed he was murdered by the Mafia after a bungled money laundering operation. The death of Calvi was hurriedly hushed up and a key witness, Paul Marcinkus, chief of the Vatican bank, refused to talk to the police but he was fingered for the deed by mobster's moll, Sabrina Minardi.

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people". Marx 1843

Not any more Karl, not any more; increasingly science is attempting to occupy the space vacated by organised religion.

Science as religion: The Theory of Everything

According to Stephen Hawkin, launching his new book, God was not needed to explain the creation of the Universe. The former Jedi Knight told a BBC reporter that the Big Bang just happened, with no assist.

Hawkin's Theory of Everything is concerned with the development of M Theory, i.e. the unification of five string theory. M Theory is the equivalent of the Philosphers' Stone and just as crazy.

It's crazy because it can't it be tested, strangely, just like the existence of a divine creator. M Theory is a belief system among physicists and mathematicians.

They believe the Universe is multi-dimentional, i.e. 11 dimensions which can't be measured because no one has invented a devise to take any measurements. However, this belief in multiple dimensions further relies on an heroic assumption - that space is not empty because if it is empty, it will not bend and if it wont bend, it can't have all the dimensions posited by string theory.

M Theory is not really the theory of everything, more properly it should be called the Theory of Nothing since it seeks to explain how the atoms that make up our world came into existence from nothing.

In the beginning there was nothing and then spontaneously a critical mass of atoms appeared and conspired to create a Big Bang; just as silly as the old chesnut about 'In the beginning God created....'.

The only thing M Theory is likely to prove is that the anti-god science community are as lost existentially as the most devout god believer.

There's something in the human psychi that refuses to accept that this is all there is and that there's no need to question why - it makes about as much sense as a dog chasing it's own tail.