I have been a bit disturbed by the reaction of some to David Cameron’s speech on Christianity. Let’s start with the obvious. It was a speech at an event to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. You know? The Bible; that book that plays a pretty central role in Christianity. So the fact that he made a speech in which he talked about religion, Christianity and his personal faith is less remarkable than if he hadn’t. Imagine if he’d said ‘the King James Bible is irrelevant in our secular times’. The organisers might have been a little miffed at his discourtesy. They would be also have been forgiven for wondering exactly why he had accepted their invitation!
But then let’s look at what he actually said:
“First, the King James Bible has bequeathed a body of language that permeates every aspect of our culture and heritage. Second, just as our language and culture is steeped in the Bible, so too is our politics. Third, we are a Christian country. And we should not be afraid to say so. Let me be clear: I am not in any way saying that to have another faith – or no faith – is somehow wrong. I know and fully respect that many people in this country do not have a religion. And I am also incredibly proud that Britain is home to many different faith communities, who do so much to make our country stronger. But what I am saying is that the Bible has helped to give Britain a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today.”
Hardly radical stuff. In fact he is at great pains to point out his respect for those of other faiths and no faith at all. So I am left wondering exactly what the fuss is all about and have concluded that on the whole the reaction has little to do with religious belief. As I have said – it is hardly offensive stuff. I think though that the reaction says more about those that reacted.
It seems to me that once again many on the left have succumbed to one of their worse failings. Moral flatulence. I have written about this before so apologies to those who’ve heard this before. I think it is important though.
It comes down to the fact that many people on the left seem to think that they are intrinsically moral; in fact more moral than most other people. It means that they see their motives as better than everyone else’s. You see, no one except those on the left actually really want to help anyone else or do good. In fact Tories in particular actively want to do harm.