Please, Anglicans, stop hijacking remembrance day

Some Christians seem to want to defend the compulsory Christian rituals at remembrance services today. I wish they understood what offence this causes.

This is a secular commemoration for ALL the people. To  force atheists, agnostics, humanists and other non-Anglican faith type people to attend an Anglican ceremony as a necessary and formal part of the official, state commemoration of the war dead is offensive to all of them. At least accept, Christians, that I and many people are put off from attending any such ceremony because we will have to participate in a religious ceremony.

And for myself, it is not as if I can regard this as an empty ritual. I am forced to participate in the rituals of an institution, the Church of England, which is inherently homophobic and that does its absolute best to restrict my civil rights.

I of course have nothing against churches, synagogues, mosques et cetera celebrating Remembrance Day in a faith context, inside the buildings with consenting adults in private.

But leave the public ceremonial as secular: open it to all the people!

About Harry

Hello. This is my personal (as opposed to my professional) blog. I am in (at the time of setting up this blog, anyway), in my fifties. I live in north central London with my husband, a headteacher. I have an interest in law - though that no doubt will be shown principally in my professional blog - in civil rights; in politics; in travel; in religion, though in the sense that I am a life member of the National Secular Society and strongly resent the role religion and its doctrines plays in the lives of those who simply want to ignore it; and in life generally.
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