As the English soccer team takes to the field for their next World Cup game, they, along with countless fans, will sing "God save the Queen". Don't tell the British government. In the forward march of Secularism, the idea of God having any kind of role is getting trampled on more brutally than any of those cynical open stud tackles on the soccer field.

If the Queen needs any help it would seem she needs to look to natural causes rather than divine intervention if Her Majesty is to remain politically correct and retain the favour of her ministers. God cannot be invoked to save her. This would appear to be the implication of one of the recent pronouncements of her ministers.

This emerges from an announcement of the ban on teaching creationism as science in all existing and future academies and free schools. Even church academies are affected by the ban. The definition of "creationism" which is now banned is remarkably broad. It is:

[A]ny doctrine of theory which holds that natural biological processes cannot account for the history, diversity, and complexity of life on earth and therefore rejects the scientific theory of evolution. 

There is no room for any doctrine or theory that suggests that whatever happens is not the result of natural processes. This seems to exclude not only literal seven-day creationism, but also theistic evolution which, while accepting the broad strokes of an evolutionary description of the process of our origins, still insists that the so-called natural processes could not have occurred without some measure of divine intervention. But now, secularism demands that any claims that our world and its unfolding history is not determined by "natural biological processes" be banished to the sidelines. People are still free to think about God in whatever ways they want in the subjective reality of their own little minds, but so far as where the real action takes place, in the real world of science and education, God has been given a red card.

So perhaps we should hastily rearrange what is sung before the next big match. Perhaps the national anthem should now begin, "Natural biological processes save our gracious Queen / Long live our noble Queen..." I can't quite see the crowd singing that with such gusto. Some cynics might suggest that England's precarious position in the World Cup is another scenario in which the theory of the survival of the fittest seems to explain life. But as the team prepares for its crucial second match against Uruguay, it's amazing how many fans find themselves calling on the God whom they don't know and in whom they do not believe for help. Whether in blasphemous expletives or desperate cries for help, God will get more mentions than natural biological processes today among English soccer fans.

I wonder what the origins of that phenomenon are? What are the natural biological processes that explain why thousands of people educated in a modern secular system cannot stop themselves calling on the name of God when their team needs some serious help? Or could it be one of those vestiges of creation in the image of God that sets man apart from other creatures?

For more on this latest development in the advance of Secularism in the British education system, read here...

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