In his letter of August 11, Frank Carless makes a general claim that the recent riots, lootings and violence are due in no small part to a general abandonment of morals (specifically Christian morals) across society.
I’m therefore curious to know to what he attributes the motivations behind the subsequent near-unanimous public moral outrage, the clean-up operations that attracted more participants than the riots themselves, the solidarity between and within affected communities that transcended racial, ethnic, political and religious differences, the swift actions of our legal system in finding and punishing the perpetrators, and all the rest?
If social ills can be blamed on the marginalisation of his faith, then I can in turn simply attribute the above positive aspects on same, leaving Mr Carless’s argument back at the drawing board.
As for his remarkable claim that, “Society is now organised in a way that largely ignores religious faith” which may hold true in the private sphere (and I’d say encouragingly so), I’d point him to just some of the many counter-examples in the public sphere of the egregious, unearned and anachronistic State privileges and exemptions that his particular organisation enjoys, such as 26 unelected bishops in the House of Lords, the control of around a third of State-funded schools (and the discriminatory exemptions from employment law they are granted), compulsory worship at assemblies, disproportionate hundreds of hours annually of State-funded religious broadcasting and so on; indeed, Mr Carless even has his own weekly theological column in this very paper! As there is no secular philosophical equivalent (which I’d gladly contribute, by the way), who’s being ignored there?
Matthew J Eccles
The Silk Mill