Prime Minister Cameron’s view on Morals in Society

Via Tobye Hillier
on Dec 19, 2011
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Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said recently at an event in Oxford to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible that;

We are a Christian country. And we should not be afraid to say so.

He went on to say;

 The Bible has helped to give Britain a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today. Values and morals we should actively stand up and defend. We’ve got stand up for our values if we are to confront the slow-motion moral collapse that has taken place in parts of our country these past few generations. Moral neutrality or passive tolerance just isn’t going to cut it anymore. Shying away from speaking the truth about behaviour, about morality has actually helped to cause some of the social problems.

The sentiment may be sound but, is Britain any less moral than it was four centuries ago? And do we have to be Christian to have the right kind of morals that Prime Minister Cameron is talking about?

Responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion, humility, self-sacrifice, love, pride in working for the common good and honouring the social obligations we have to one another, to our families and our communities — these are the values we treasure. Yes, they are Christian values. And we should not be afraid to acknowledge that.

Well said Mr. Cameron but, they are also the values of most, if not all other faiths.

Luckily, the Prime Minister added right in the nick of time….

But they are also values that speak to us all — to people of every faith and none. And I believe we should all stand up and defend them.

Find out more on what’s happening in Europe over at Elephant Europe



About Tobye Hillier

Originally from England, Tobye Hillier has lived in Ireland for over 17 years, living in a small seaside town called Greystones 20 miles south of Dublin. A qualified Karuna yoga teacher (RYT 500), Tobye also plays a pretty darn funky 5-string bass guitar and likes to sing in other peoples' showers. Empathic and intuitive, He likes to bend Yoga to suit people and not the other way around.


3 Responses to “Prime Minister Cameron’s view on Morals in Society”

  1. Eric says:

    "The Bible has helped to give Britain a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today. "

    Wrong. What made Britain, more than any moral imperative or set of Christian values, was a powerful military and the hubris of empire-building. And a caste system. What is happening there today and elsewhere is that we have a breakdown in our community structures, based on economic uncertainty and the veritable worship of global business & individual ego over any common good. It would appear we don't 'treasure' those values quite as much as Mr. Cameron believes. *If these values speak to us ALL, why do we have to "DEFEND" them?

    If there is ANY country that can rightfully claim to be guided by 'Christian values'?? I think not.
    If one believes in collective karma, then Britain and the U.S. have a LOT of blood on their hands.
    When politicians begin to prattle on about 'values' and 'morals', one word comes to mind:


    ~Cheers Tobye

  2. Eric says:

    (oops! "Is there ANY.." ~also, I don't mean to diminish the fortitude and accomplishments of Britons as a people; I don't mean to imply that the people of Britain did not or do not have these values (deem them 'Christian' or otherwise), it's just that for ANY leader to say "We are a Christian country" is completely ludicrous..)

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