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Secularism and religious “influence”

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Tony Bayfield, former chaplain to the Lord Mayor of London, writes in today’s Guardian/Comment is Free that,

I understand the necessity of separating state and religion. Both state power and religious power are huge and, in the same hands, far too much. Religious parties working for sectional interests are a disaster – for the state, and for religion.

So far so good.

But I simply don’t understand the notion that politics is one thing and religion is another and religion should have no influence or say in the political arena.

It’s surprising to hear that Tony doesn’t understand the notion, since it seems a fairly straightforward – if ambiguous – concept. Presumably he just means he doesn’t agree with it.