The Monarchy In Britain
A brief guide
Religion and Race
The monarch is termed the "defender of the (Protestant) faith." She or he is required to be a member of the Church of England and not marry a Catholic. Bad in principle, this is worse in the light of the minority status of the Church of England in Britain. Fewer than 4% of adults are practising Anglicans.
The head of state is also the titular head of the Church of England. She or he has the right, which is exercised through the Prime Minister, to appoint senior officers of the church.
"I accept Your Majesty as the sole source of ecclesiastical, spiritual and temporal power."
The oath sworn by Church of England bishops.
Charles Windsor, who is entitled to become the monarch on the death of his mother, Liz Windsor, has stated that he would like to be a "defender of faiths," rather than just the Protestant denomination, when he becomes king.
Monarchy is racist by its nature. The institution is based on the idea that the members of one family have a genetic right to a superior status which the rest of us must acknowledge. If one accepts that idea the argument against the right of any ethnic group to claim superior rights is undermined.
Britain's population has a very large number of national and ethnic backgrounds. But the country's representative-in-chief can be drawn from only one ethnic group and only one religion. That would be against British and European laws if it applied to any other public position. The monarchy is exempt, however.
The queen's husband Phil has been widely reported to have made bigoted statements about Indians, the Japanese, Irish people and other national and ethnic groups. Her mum was a supporter of apartheid in South Africa. In her biography of the family Kitty Kelley reported the gross racism of another senior member of the family. Yet these people continue to represent our country. Because we have allowed them to inherit their positions we cannot remove them, whatever they may say or do.
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