I hereby advocate the Disestablishment of the Church of England, that is I support revoking the Church of England’s status as the official State Church in England. There are several reasons for this. First, the United States has enjoyed centuries of religious vibrancy as a result of its refusal to establish churches. Though radicals here and there have tried, the free market in religious ideals have kept faiths strong, vibrant, and focused on both God and their adherents.
England has not been so lucky. The State Church (COE) has not been so lucky. In England, not only are there more Catholics attending mass than Anglicans, but there are more Muslims attending Friday prayers than Anglicans attending Sunday service. The State Church has provoked a quasi-schismatic blacklash so bad, that the “loyal” Anglicans are outnumbered worldwide by the Copts!
The antidisestablishmentarians want to keep COE as the State Church, because it prevents the Anglican church in England from signing onto the Jerusalem Declaration (a theological matter). It is absurd for a modern democracy to interfere with a religion as much as the United Kingdom does through its COE.
The Church of England was founded on the state-oppression of religion. Disestablishing the Church of England would be as much of a victory for religious freedom as if Communist China disestablishments the COE’s twin across the centuries, the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. While the CPCA prevents the free development of religion in China, the COE would do the same across the world.
Religious freedom is an important right. The greatest oppressor of religion in the world today is Communist China. The United Kingdom can set a good example by ending its own oppression, disestablishing the Church of England, and setting the Anglican Communion free.