Letter: Dumbing down?

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The Independent Culture
Sir: The large drop in Church attendance so bewailed by the Archbishop of Canterbury is less a sign of decline than a sign of honesty. For many centuries religion was impelled by the sword; in later centuries church attendance was driven by what we now call political correctness. It did not matter if you did not believe, as long as you attended church. Now we are able to leave this sham behind. The honesty with which people are now able to speak is cause for rejoicing.

SIMON ALLEN

Munich

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