In a “Comment is Free” article for the Guardian, Adam Rutherford calls for British citizens to stand up against Government-Sponsored Religious Dogma.
Mercifully, although many of our politicians may be openly religious, Britain’s political landscape is such that candidates do not have to be overtly religious to even stand a chance of election. There is even a cross-party Humanist Group. Compare that to the US, where in 2006 atheists were not represented in Congress at all. Perversely, the US has secularity protected by the constitution, whereas we Brits are subjects of the Defender of the Faith. But as Andrew Copson pointed out, the UK is moving at a menacingly creeping pace towards a government that is in thrall to religion.
The indoctrination that occurs at the ever-increasing faith schools can only promote the mistrust of atheists, and move us towards the deplorable situation in North America, where a 2006 survey revealed that atheists rank lower than “Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in ‘sharing their vision of American society’.”