CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 13 October 2018

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Militant secularism has traits similar to totalitarianism says British minister

MANCHESTER (CNS): “A militant secularisation is taking hold of our societies,” said Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Britain’s first female Muslim peer and the first to serve in government.

“We see it in any number of things: when signs of religion cannot be displayed or worn in government buildings; when states won’t fund faith schools; and where religion is sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere.” she said. 

The co-chairperson of the Conservative Party and minister without portfolio in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, made her remarks in an article published by the London-based Daily Telegraph on February 14. 

She said that secularism “demonstrates similar traits to totalitarian regimes—denying people the right to a religious identity, because they were frightened of the concept of multiple identities.” 

She stressed that Europe must counter the threat by becoming “more confident and more comfortable in its Christianity.” 

Baroness Warsi added, “In practice this means individuals not diluting their faiths and nations not denying their religious heritages.” 

She went on to say, “The societies we live in, the cultures we have created, the values we hold and the things we fight for all stem from centuries of discussion, dissent and belief in Christianity.”

She explained, “These values shine through our politics, our public life, our culture, our economics, our language and our architecture. You cannot and should not extract these Christian foundations from the evolution of our nations any more than you can or should erase the spires from our landscapes.”

Baroness Warsi said, “It seems astonishing to me that those who wrote the European Constitution made no mention of God or Christianity.” 

The baroness said that one of the “most worrying aspects about this militant secularisation is that, at its core and in its instincts, it is deeply intolerant.” 

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