With a Yorkshire church’s congregation dropping to single figures, the Bishop of Wakefield is welcoming Channel 4’s Priest Idol as ‘a gift’. What with less than half of Britons having always believed and all that squirming we did that time Jeremy Paxman embarrassed Blair into denying he prayed with Bush, I can understand the bishops’ desperation.
Stateside, MSNBC reckons god’s a critical factor in the elections, while in England religion’s something you practice behind closed doors. What’s the point, British Christians say, in employing the queen to defend the faith and then praying yourself? We Britons tend to look in such dismay at those who practice a faith, that Prince Charles has come up with a novel solution: he’ll defend all faiths, so that Muslims, Jews etc, won’t have to bother with god either. After all, reasons the heir to the throne and leadership of Anglicans the world over, all religions are the same, aren’t they?
Anyway. The Priest Idol’s sure to have his work cut out.