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MGM·Lion BS: (UK) Whither the Labour Party (2383* d) RE: BS: (UK) Whither the Labour Party 10 May 16

Steve -- This is, as often averred, tho less so perhaps than whilome, "a Christian country"; in that it has its own Established Church, recognised as such by statute, whose senior clergy are ex officio members of the legislature, and whose membership is by statute enjoined on the country's Head Of State &c &c &c ···   The fact that actual practising churchgoing members of the Church of England are now a small minority does not in itself invalidate that designation.

In the sense that Judaism is its recognised state religion (tho notionally without prejudice to the rights of belief of any of its citizens who choose to follow other faiths, or none, in what is a free society), Israel remains a "Jewish state" by the statutory status within its establishment of the religion named...

It is admittedly an unfortunate fact that the principles of such a free society are not being practised as might be wished by many of the country's erstwhile supporters — who now, like me, find themselves unhappily unable to maintain that support in view of many of the actions of its current administration — does not of itself undo the principle on which the designation is based: any more, I reiterate, than the fact, that so few UK citizens are nowadays active churchgoers, prevents this from being accurately called "a Christian country", both by tradition & by various statutory enactments.


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