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SomersetJohn's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by SomersetJohn

Britain today has become one of the most godless societies on Earth.

Nice to know we're doing something right!

Religion lives and dies in America like a commercial enterprise

It very often is a commercial enterprise, for the sole purpose of separating the rubes from their coins.

I beg to differ. In his 1997 book A History of the American People, historian Paul Johnson makes the case that the remarkable growth of the US, from pioneering backwoodsmen to the most powerful and innovative nation on Earth, was fueled largely by religious fervor. From the piety of the Pilgrims to the faith-based values of the country’s founders, to the belief in manifest destiny and even the marketing of Coca-Cola as “the real thing,” Americans tamed the wilderness with the faith that their nation is a new promised land, destined to illuminate the Earth with the torch of freedom and the light of human dignity.

If the first sentence is true, how come the U.S. had to create a remedial education program at the start of WWll to overcome the devastation inflicted on the education system by religious fanatics. The rest of the paragraph completely ignores the established and proven fact that it was the secular values of the new republic which was largely responsible for U.S. progress.

British influence in the world, in contrast, has gone off a cliff over the past century. I would argue that the new, militant atheism that is becoming characteristic of Britain is a key reason. Atheism is a philosophy of nihilism in which nothing is sacred and all is an accidental.

Britain lost it's empire long before the rise of secularism.

While it has some brief, flashy moments, life is purposeless and meaningless. There is no soul to illuminate and no spirit to enliven – just decadent flesh. Human love is a prank played by our genes to ensure the propagation of the species, and poetry and faith are shallow distractions masking the inevitability of death . Men are insemination machines incapable of ever being truly faithful, and women are genetically programmed to seek out billionaire hedge-fund managers, the better to support their offspring.

Are you saying that if you lost your belief in your invisible friend you would immediately go out and rob, rape and pillage to your hearts content! What a sick little man you must be.

This decline of faith and optimism may account for why Britain – once the most advanced nation on earth, which gave the world parliamentary democracy and inimitable centers of higher learning – is today more famous for exporting reality shows like Big Brother and Project Catwalk. For while religion affirms the infinite dignity of the human person, its absence robs life of its sanctity. Universal exploitation and humiliation for fame and fortune are the inevitable outgrowth.

Have you seen some of the dross which flows out of that centre of christian excellence on the other side of the Atlantic?

Britain abolished the slave trade in 1807, ending it completely three decades before the US, with Christian abolitionists like William Wilberforce taking the lead against that abomination.>

You forgot to mention that the opposition to abolition came largely from christians and moslems. Though I must confess I am not aware of any jewish opposition to the trade, offhand.

It just goes to show how important it is to “keep the faith.” Were Britain to rediscover its own, it might find a lost sense of mission and a once-glorious sense of purpose.>

Really, to impose it's values and beliefs on more primitive societies, like Indians, Pakistanis, Lebanese, Iranians, Iraquis, Bangladeshis, shall I go on?

The real question is, what do we call SHMULEY BOTEACH. Can't be a liar for jesus, how about a liar for Yahweh, eejit, twat of the first water. Other designations happily accepted.

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