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The National Secular Society has responded to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for state funding for church buildings.
Keith Porteous Wood, the Society’s Executive Director said “The public already pay tens of millions of pounds each year towards church upkeep through the lottery and heritage bodies and tax concessions. The further sums the Archbishop is seeking from the public funds are just a fraction of what will be expected in the longer term as Anglican church attendance plummets. Christian Research expects this to drop continuously and fall to below 100,000 on a normal Sunday in forty years’ time.
“The Church saying ‘we can’t pay’ is tantamount to a declaration of bankruptcy which in the case of an individual or commercial organizations would trigger the organizations loss of control of its assets and them coming under independent control for the benefit of creditors - in this case taxpayers.
“Over the next forty years three quarters of the Church of England’s churches - 14,000 of them - will become redundant for want of sufficient congregants. Many are not grade one buildings and will be worth billions of pounds. The proceeds of the sale of these redundant churches should be used to defray the expenses of upkeep of listed buildings before the hard-pressed taxpayer is asked for hand outs.
“The Church says it needs its vast wealth to spend on wages and pensions, but the state pensions are about to go into meltdown, and this does not seem to concern the Archbishop.
“Redundant listed churches should be used imaginatively, such as in the Netherlands, where they become libraries and museums, for example.”
“It is true church buildings in France are financed from public funds, but they are publicly owned and often local people object to paying to maintain for a building that is hardly used. Sometimes communities refuse to pay for the upkeep of dilapidated churches and they are bulldozed.”
Apologies if I've misunderstood the OP and I'm going off the deep end needlessly ... but I don't see how people can be forced to support a church they do not personally believe in.
Originally posted by la2
Its the national church, if the tax payer can bail out Hbos, Lloyds tsb and RBS, then why not the national church.
The Archbishop of Canterbury wants Britain to accept Islam and Sharia law.
I don't get easily angry ... but this has really made me see red. Not because I'm anti-Christian ...each to their own and all that ... but it would never be considered under any circumstances for those of other belief systems ... so why should they be any different.
I for one will not pay for any religious needs,