Separation of Church and State Coming to England?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Monday, June 18, 2012

Separation of Church and State Coming to England?

The Church of England has been the established church for centuries. Now a separation of church and state may be coming to England in the battle over same-sex marriage.

Senior church sources have told the London Times that if legislation goes ahead as proposed, the church will be forced to separate itself from the state.

The government has promised that religious institutions would not be forced to perform same-sex marriages.

Former Defense Minister Liam Fox has argued that gay marriage is an obsession of the "metropolitan elite," rather than ordinary people.

It is the same in America. Liberal elites must always have a cause to distract from things that matter most. They think tearing down institutions is preferable to building them up.

The Church of England long ago lost whatever influence it had on culture and the state is now deciding issues once reserved for the church. England, like most of Europe, has become increasingly secular, except for the Muslim population, which is growing in numbers and influence thanks to the vacuum created by the Church of England.

I'm Cal Thomas.

Publication date: June 18, 2012