Divorce Church of England from the State

In a multi-cultural society in which we endeavour to treat all people as citizens, and not subjects,it is important that all be treated equally and with respect under the law.  The current system discriminates against non CofE people because of the direct connection between Church and State with the Monarchy being Head of the Church as an integral part of its responsibilities.

The Head of State should be seen as representing the entire population, regardless of faith, and not just those people of CofE faith.

Why is this idea important?

In a multi-cultural society in which we endeavour to treat all people as citizens, and not subjects,it is important that all be treated equally and with respect under the law.  The current system discriminates against non CofE people because of the direct connection between Church and State with the Monarchy being Head of the Church as an integral part of its responsibilities.

The Head of State should be seen as representing the entire population, regardless of faith, and not just those people of CofE faith.

Disestablish the Church of England

All formal ties between the Church of England and the state should be eliminated and set to the same level as that of any other denomination and religion. The government should have no say whatsoever in the affairs of the church or any other denomination or religion, and should not be able to appoint the Archbishop of Canterbury or any other official of the church. Such decisions should be up to the relevant church.

Why is this idea important?

All formal ties between the Church of England and the state should be eliminated and set to the same level as that of any other denomination and religion. The government should have no say whatsoever in the affairs of the church or any other denomination or religion, and should not be able to appoint the Archbishop of Canterbury or any other official of the church. Such decisions should be up to the relevant church.

Disestablish religion and remove it from government and schools

I would like to see religion removed from schools. It has nothing to do with the business of educating children and often causes considerable division. If parents want their children to be part of a faith group then there is plenty of time and opportunity for this outside of compulsory educational establishments. Many countries, such as the USA and France, have a secular approach to religion and I believe that we should do the same.

Schoolchildren (and teachers) should not wear religious garments or symbols as such items often cause inter-faith offence or distract from the purpose of learning. A school is a place for education and not religion. By removing religion from schools each child will be equal in the same way that wearing a school uniform equalises schoolchildren.

In France all marriages take place in a state registry office, you have the option of a religious-based service if you wish to do that. In my opinion, committing religion to something below the state is far superior than continuing with religion embedded in the state apparatus.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to see religion removed from schools. It has nothing to do with the business of educating children and often causes considerable division. If parents want their children to be part of a faith group then there is plenty of time and opportunity for this outside of compulsory educational establishments. Many countries, such as the USA and France, have a secular approach to religion and I believe that we should do the same.

Schoolchildren (and teachers) should not wear religious garments or symbols as such items often cause inter-faith offence or distract from the purpose of learning. A school is a place for education and not religion. By removing religion from schools each child will be equal in the same way that wearing a school uniform equalises schoolchildren.

In France all marriages take place in a state registry office, you have the option of a religious-based service if you wish to do that. In my opinion, committing religion to something below the state is far superior than continuing with religion embedded in the state apparatus.