In so far as the survey indicates that men and women are exercising their God-given right to make personal-moral choices, this is a sign of the robust health of society. The public is opting for a framework of values based on personal freedom combined with acceptance of responsibility for our actions and a rejection of the increasing gap between rich and poor.
These, I suspect, are the 'shared values' around which society is most likely to be prepared to unite, rather than a crude repackaging of so-called traditional values. The Conservative 'back to basics' agenda, with its fixations on sexual morality, punishment rather than rehabilitation of offenders, etc, would seem doomed to failure. Meanwhile, Unitarians and other religious liberals will continue to encourage 'DIY morality' together with a sense of community.
MATTHEW F. SMITH
General Assembly of Unitarian
and Free Christian Churches
London, WC2Reuse content