Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Michael Gove - “There is insufficient respect for the place of religion in society”

Our local MP, Rt Hon Michael Gove (Secretary of State for Education) recently spoke about religion in society the the Mytchett, Frimley Green & Deepcut Society. Although we remain apolitical, it is encouraging to hear a politician talk about a respect for religion in society, and how the book of common prayer, and the King James bible are what politicians have taken their morality and their lead from.

Michael Gove discusses his views on religion in society at the MFGD Society half yearly meeting

(Video courtesy of Surrey Heath Residents)

He said that it is absurd to be told to remove religious symbols, and considered it a broader issue, that consisted of two main points:-

1. “There is insufficient respect for the place of religion in society overall”

2. “The sorts of freedoms that we enjoy in this country are as a result of our traditions, and our traditions are just inevitably shaped by the fact that the book of common prayer, and the King James bible were the sorts of texts that politicians for century's took their morality and their lead from. One of the reasons why this country has succeeded in taking so many people from so many different backgrounds in, is because the principals of tolerance and brotherly love in those texts, are in the air that we breath.”

If you encourage people to undermine and to chip away other peoples religious belief, then what you do is that you chip away at the sort of bricks and mortar that keeps our society stable. So I think that anything we can do to encourage people to respect religious faith… then you’re more likely to have a harmonious society”.

Commenting on the video, Rev’d Mark Chester, Vicar of St Paul’s, Camberley, applauded Michael Gove’s comments, and said: “I think it is encouraging to hear Michael Gove speak positively about the place of religion in society and the positive impact of our Christian heritage.  I look forward to our national leaders affirming this heritage and strengthening, rather than eroding it, through government policy.  A positive heritage inherited is worthwhile bequeathing to future generations.”