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Some years ago, Sir Winston Churchill remarked:
‘There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England.’
Today is the anniversary of the death of England’s patron saint, St. George.
St. George is most famously remembered for slaying the dragon who demanded human sacrifices, and as being one of the great martyrs of Christianity – refusing to honour the pagan gods of the Roman Empire and thereby ensuring his death sentence during the persecutions of Christians by the Emperor Diocletian.
We do ourselves great peril in forgetting the Christian roots of this country, such as St. George’s Day. As the writer and journalist Peter Hitchens says, we are now living in the after-glow of Christianity. The vast majority of the population cease to be Christian, in a conscious and educated way.
What most do not realise is that Western civilization, particularly the form it has taken in Great Britain, which our ancestors created and bestowed upon us is based upon Judeo-Christian values of compassion, brotherhood, strong families, liberty of the individual, peace, tolerance and much more.
It is of utmost importance to celebrate days such as St. George’s Day. We must remember our Christian heritage, and reclaim it. As we forget Christianity, we will inevitably forget England and Great Britain as a whole and the great influence it has had in this world. This can already be seen in the constitution of the European Union, which controls this country, as it does not mention God at all.
Therefore I ask us to not see Christianity in the contemporary way of paedophiles and money-grabbers, but in the way that it has been and should be – of brotherhood, compassion, tolerance of your opponents, peace, love and something that turns this world from a meaningless chaos into something of discoverable purpose.
Happy St. George’s Day.
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