Separation of Church and State

How Many Members Makes a National Church?

Andrew Copson | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK
Andrew Copson

The Church of England tried to put a brave face on it but the Anglican church attendance figures for 2011 published this week pose a serious challenge for any church defending its position as the national, established, top religious organisation.

Why the Church Must Not Win in This Confrontation With the State

Terry Sanderson | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK Politics
Terry Sanderson

The Church of England has thrown down the gauntlet to the government over the issue of same-sex marriage. The message is clear: "Do as we say or there will be dire consequences." Their response to the government consultation on its intention to legalise civil marriages between same-sex couples is overwrought to the point of hysteria. It is manipulative to the point of blackmail.

Holy Redundant: Let's get Bishops out of Parliament

Andrew Copson | Posted 24.06.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

This week we learned that the parliamentary committee considering reform of the House of Lords voted 13-7 to support the government's plan for automatic places for Bishops to remain in a reformed chamber.