In the week that Nick Clegg rightly called for disestablishment – and of course got shot down by all the usual suspects, explaining all the good and charity that the Church supposedly does, we also have this:
Not very Christian: Rural communities in uproar as 250 Anglican churches use ancient rules to bill them for thousands in repairs
…wherein the Anglican Church basically extorts random people, who just happen to own property near(ish) a church that was built before 1536, into coughing up thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of pounds, to pay for church repairs.
The most galling example is this – how very Christian of the Church!
Andrew and Gail Wallbank became responsible for maintaining 13th century St John the Baptist Church in Aston Cantlow, Stratford, when they inherited a farm. After centuries of not being enforced the local PCC invoked the liability in 1990 demanding £100,000. Their 18-year legal battle ended in 2009 with the Law Lords ruling in the PCC’s favour landing the Wallbanks with an overall bill of £350,000. They auctioned the farm to pay for their costs.
Is that in any way in the spirit of Christ? I’m no expert but I tend to think not.
So yes, we DO need to disestablish this anachronistic monstrosity as soon as possible, today rather than tomorrow. The church can do all its purported “good deeds” when not tied to our government. What would stop them?
Inversely, we would be rid of gross injustices like these outlined in the article, and which just provide another example of the famous Steven Weinberg quote that “With or without [religion] you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”