(Original post by Zamestaneh)
Christianity plays little to no part in state affairs, and of those who say they are Christian in the census, most of them are irreligious, and this will only get worse in the next 2 decades as the older generations die out. As such, the state
is godless; the people (which are not the state) are not uniformly godless but it is slowly going that way, and that includes those from the Muslims becoming secular/atheistic too.
Regarding the moon-god comment, either (1) you have no idea about Semitic languages and are generally ignorant of its relation between Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic/Syriac, or (2) you buy too much into the rubbish American/Western missionaries come up with to try discredit Islam and genuinely believe Allah is the name of a moon-god, or perhaps (3) you know it is not true but you like to use it since there is no intellectual way for you to express you don't like me/Muslims/Islam(?)
Legislation is considered by the Lords Spiritual, which is a panel of bishops and archbishops, the Church of England is the state religion of the country, and leaders in the government speak openly of Christian faith. The last few (four, I think?) prime ministers have spoken of their faith and their wish to do right by God. That isn't a political (purposefully, at least) comment btw, simply pointing out that the state religion is quite actively Christian. And most people who identify as Christians on the censuses do so because they have a level of faith, even if they don't practise openly and publicly. How can I say this? Well, agnostics and atheists don't like to be associated with it. Lapsing Muslims aren't the same, as many (of the ones I've spoken to, at least) may say openly that they don't believe in your god, but that they are "culturally Muslim".
No idea about Semitic languages
well I can just about get by in Hebrew, I know a little Aramaic (enough to know that it's not
Syriac), and I even know enough to know that Arabic was a very minor dialect of Nabataean before the Qur'an was written down. I haven't paid any attention to the American missionaries, I think most of them are ******s; the information about pre-Mohammedan Islam is in various legitimate history and archaeology books, and encyclopædias. I remember reading a lot about this in books (having not even been looking for it) before I had access to the Internet - specifically I remember reading about Qaaba being a stone that was known to be a major worship site centuries
before Mohammed appeared, and that that early religion was known to be the source of many Islamic practices.
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