Little Regard for Religion

The Birmingham Post (England), February 17, 2011 | Go to article overview

Little Regard for Religion


Byline: SARAHEVANS

David Cameron's Munich speech exploring and exposing a certain brand of multiculturalism was littered with religious references. Islam was the headline grabbing one but he embraced all the world faiths in the emotive rhetoric - "I am a Muslim, I am a Hindu, I am a Christian but I am a Londoner too".

He put the case for values that could unite a nation - freedom of speech, freedom of worship, democracy, the rule of law, equal rights. Rather mother love and apple pieish, these are the values that might be seen to underpin the legitimacy of the West's sense of its own superiority.

The speech has been the subject of countless attacks and much analysis because the issues raised are undoubtedly exercising everyone. Integration, cultural identity, religious divides are hotly debated topics at all levels.

What I find astonishing is that a government that is actively encouraging this discussion should also be putting in place educational policies that seem set to decrease religious studies as a school subject by at least a quarter.

The hasty and ill-advised introduction of the English Bacc part way through a year put together a group of required subjects that would constitute this untried qualification - English, mathematics, science, a humanities and a language. …

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