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Monday, 29 June 2009

Lord Mandelson is a Church Commissioner

In a recent interview with another pink financial paper Lord Mandelson, gloated over the fact that he is now an ex-officio Church Commissioner even though he was brought up an atheist, as is the new Speaker, and pro.tem. the current Home Secretary, the openly gay Ben Bradshaw and the Prime Minister.

All of which is about as good an argument for disestablishment as I can imagine. Well actually there is another one. The ex-officio Church Commissioner that is the new Speaker of the House of Commons thinks Bishops should lose the right to sit in the House of Lords. In 2007 he said: “there is no case to be made for reserved, ex officio, guaranteed religious representation in the second Chamber. The argument simply does not hold water.” Maybe not, but perhaps the Speaker should not be involved with the Church Commissioners by virtue of his office.

Some say that socialism is Christianity put into practice, at which point, remembering Scargill and all his works, I like to quote verse 3 of Psalm 30:

Thou Lord hast brought my soul out of hell:
thou hast kept my life from them that go down to the pit.

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