PM Cameron on the King James Bible

An excellent speech by David Cameron commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James’ Bible: http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/king-james-bible/

Of particular interest are the points he makes on secularism and religious tolerance. He notes (and I agree) that religious tolerance does not entail a complete abstinence from taking views on questions of morality:

Shying away from speaking the truth about behaviour, about morality, has actually helped to cause some of the social problems that lie at the heart of the lawlessness we saw with the riots. …

Live and let live” has too often become “do what you please”.

Bad choices have too often been defended as just different lifestyles.

To be confident in saying something is wrong is not a sign of weakness, it’s a strength.

But we can’t fight something with nothing. As I’ve said if we don’t stand for something, we can’t stand against anything. 

Sadly, what Cameron describes is precisely the malaise that has infected many Western democracies.

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