IN the middle of October, the widow of a London school principal, stabbed to death by one of his students, asserted that Britain was morally bankrupt, and children needed to know more about moral and ethical issues. A reasonable proposition. Not, you would think, the basis for a collective religious frenzy. But that is precisely what is happening. Even as I write, Britain is undergoing a religious revival.
The revival began when the media converted this sensible postulate into a headline-making issue, by equating religion with moralitya Moral Crusade was needed, they argued, and children must be the object. Crusades were about religion, not morality.
Consequently, religion is now at the nub of the debate. Politicians vie with each other to emphasise the important and positive role that religion plays in human life, the role that it should play in public life, and their personal Deep Christian Beliefs and Convictions. Media-savvy priests of all Christian denominations infuse the airwaves and newspapers with a Very Reverential Tone.