For the past two weeks I've been in Northern Ireland. As I've read the British press, I continue to be amazed at how far down the secular road the government and the people are over here.
The European Union is debating a new constitution. Someone noticed God isn't mentioned in the draft. Most commentators have said they can do without him and that humanistic principles are sufficient.
The Church of England is a mess. A homosexual bishop is all over the news and the Tony Blair Labor government may approve gay civil unions and the benefits that go with them.
A columnist for the Times of London says if the church is against this, let them practice what they want, but the government should not listen.
A remnant attends church over here. There are some good ones, including one I have found in Northern Ireland, but the influence of the church is not noticeable. This in a land where revival fires once burned brightly. The people no longer hunger for God in large numbers and their society reflects it. I fear this may be the immediate future in my own country.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.