Thursday, January 22, 2009

Christianity 'socially unacceptable'


From CFNews: BBC presenter Jeremy Vine has claimed that it is becoming 'socially unacceptable' to be a Christian in Britain. The Radio 2 host said that he feels unable to talk about his faith on his show because he fears how people would react. He argues that society has become increasingly intolerant of the freedom to express religious views. 'You can't express views that were common currency 30 or 40 years ago,' he said.

'Arguably, the parameters of what you might call 'right thinking' are probably closing. Sadly, along with that has come the fact that it's almost socially unacceptable to say you believe in God.'

His comments follow the claim from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor that Britain is an 'unfriendly' place for religious people to live. Mr Vine, 43, is a practising Anglican, but says he would be compromised by being more open about his faith on air. 'Just blurting it out would be destructive,' he said.

In an interview with Reform, a magazine published by the United Reformed Church, Mr Vine says that he is forced to separate his personal beliefs from his role as a presenter. [Sunday Telegraph]

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen