I read that the Girl Guide movement is consulting on dropping references to God and The Queen in their oath of allegiance.
Well, God help us if this is true. Let me take the two issues in turn.
In the 2011 census of England, 59% of the population professed a Christian faith; 9% professed a non-Christian faith, leaving 32% professing no religious faith. Belief in God does not imply a specific God; not even a Christian God. Some might stretch their view to a belief in good (for God) and evil (for Devil). I think it matters not a great deal. What does matter is a belief in something indefinable but beyond our immediate ken and it seems that more than half the population of England share this belief. Beyond this, where is our country to inculcate a moral code among its citizens if not from a religious base? What fault can be found with the Ten Commandments? What with the Lord’s Prayer? What with much of the Book of Common Prayer?
Turning to allegiance to the Queen, we are facing a rebellion from the left here who oppose the concept of being a “subject”. I am proud to be a subject of our magnificent Queen Elizabeth II who has done so much to unite this nation and to steer us through difficult times. If we were a republic, who would be our president? Tony Blair? Cherry Blair? John Bercow? Pam Ayres? Yasmin Alibhai-Brown? David Beckham? God preserve us!
I hope the girl guide movement will see some sense and resist the slide to secularism that some elements in this country are trying to promote.