Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, 52%-48%. Prime Minister David Cameron, who led the “Remain” effort despite bitter opposition in his party, has resigned. He said that the formal exit would have to be worked out by the new leadership, which may take several months. Meanwhile, the pound has collapsed. Global markets are plunging.
Questions now that remain to be seen:
- Will other countries likewise leave the EU? Does the departure of one of its most important members mean the end of the European Union?
- Does this herald the end of globalism and the end of multi-culturalism?
- Does this mean Donald Trump, whose issues–anti-immigration, nationalism, economic protectionism–are similar to those of the “Leave” faction, is riding the wave of history?
What others come to mind? What do you think will happen? Please weigh in with your comments. [Read more…]
Today is the day that Great Britain votes on whether or not to stay in the European Union. Last minute polls have the outcome too close to call.
What do you think will happen? Do you think the “Brexit” movement (British exit) is of a piece with the rise of Donald Trump, as many are saying, since advocates of both are populists, nationalists, and dislike so much immigration? [Read more…]
Great Britain now has more people who say they have “no religion” (48%) than say they are Christians (44%). (Other religions such as Islam constitute 8%.) And this happened fast. Fifteen years ago, around 75% said they were Christians. Five years ago, only 25% said they have “no religion.” After the jump, a story about this from the London Spectator.
For a long time, most Brits still considered themselves Christians, while hardly ever attending services. Staying Christian requires going to church. Then again, when the churches themselves, as a whole, become so theologically liberal they stop teaching anything that could be recognized as Christianity, then of course Christianity will, apart from divine intervention, be extinguished.
Could such a religious shift happen in the USA? Or is it already happening? [Read more…]
Great Britain is getting ready to vote on whether or not to exit the European Union, a cause that is going by the name “Brexit.” Though surely whether or not to do that is the business of the British people, President Obama has weighed in on the matter.
During his visit there, he went so far as to threaten the British that if they leave the EU, they would be “at the back of the queue” for any trade deals. Threatening a nation’s economy if they do not bend to our will is essentially what the Saudi Arabia leadership did to the United States, to the general outrage of Americans. Now the Brits are similarly outraged at Obama. See the London Daily Express story after the jump. [Read more…]
The United Kingdom will hold a referendum on June 23 on whether or not to remain in the European Union. They are calling it “Brexit,” a mash-up of “Britain” and “exit.” [Read more…]