The power of patronage that a Prime Minister holds over the Church of England is bizarre and quite at odds with modern society. By this I don't mean that the Church has no place in society, far from it. But why should a Prime Minister, of any given religion or none have the power to appoint the most important people in the church of England ? I am pleased Gordon Brown thinks the current state of affairs is daft too.
Gordon Brown is also opening the door to secularism too in what he is doing. Many people, myself included, think that having a state religion no longer makes sense. Surely out society should reflect all religions and those who hold no religion. What gives the Church of England pre-eminence ?
The Queen is the Head of State and she is head of the Church of England. These two roles can be kept, but must they overlap ? I am a member of the Liberal Democrats and a Norwich City season ticket holder. It does not mean that I have to wear a Lib Dem rosette to every match I go to, even if the colours do match.
It is time, I think, for a serious debate on the issue of secularism and Gordon Brown may be the catalyst for it.