Some Thoughts On Church / State Separation In Britain And The USA
No to Bishops in the reformed chamber
As part of House of Lords reform, the Government proposed in its White Paper to retain the right of Bishops to sit in Parliament and even to give the Church new powers to decide precisely which Bishops will represent them.
We believe that the automatic right of Bishops to sit in the Lords must be removed and that if there are any appointed members in a reformed chamber they should be appointed on merit – not because of their religious beliefs.
If you agree with us, please use this site to email your MP and urge them to support the removal of Bishops’ automatic right to sit in our Parliament through the link on the left.
Although the House of Commons has now voted for an all elected second chamber, the House of Lords has voted for an all appointed House and it is far from clear what the Government’s eventual proposals will be.
By clicking on ‘Arguments against Bishops’ on the left, you can read a summary of the reasons why the time has come for Bishops to be removed.