The Queen of England, head of the Anglican Church, made news yesterday for comments that were really very obvious to anyone who gives it the least bit of thought:
Speaking at Church House, central London, she told members of General Synod that believers and atheists were equally able to contribute to the prosperity and wellbeing of the country.
The Queen, who is supreme governor of the Church of England, said: “In our more diverse and secular society, the place of religion has come to be a matter of lively discussion. It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue and that the wellbeing and prosperity of the nation depend on the contribution of individuals and groups of all faiths and none.”
Well, yes. That’s true. That shouldn’t be news (“Guess what?! Atheists can be moral people! Amazing!”) but I suppose it’s positive publicity and we should take that however we can.
It’s like pulling teeth for an American politician to say anything close to that.
(Thanks to Claudia for the link!)