Thursday, September 25, 2008

I want to be the King

The British Government is entertaining a proposal to overturn the 300 year old ban against Catholics in the Monarchy. It's not a done deal yet, but it's high time that England gave up its institutionalized Catholic bigotry.

Yes, I know that is exactly what the Church of England was based upon (rejection of Rome), but since Europe is losing all of its Christianity anyway, this is a small thing to ask. Oh, and girls could also inherit the rule.

The 300-year-old rule excluding Catholics from the throne is set to be abolished under plans drawn up by Downing Street.

The reforms would also put an end to the automatic male succession - so if Prince William's eldest child turned out to be a girl she would be his heir.

The blueprint is the work of MP Chris Bryant, who has been charged by Gordon Brown with reviewing the UK constitution.

It would also limit the power of the Privy Council.

According to The Guardian, which has long campaigned for the changes, the Government would like to see them implemented quickly if Labour won a fourth term at the next general election.

Legislation including the 1701 Act of Settlement bars all Catholics and anyone married to a Catholic from reigning and forces any monarch coming to the throne to reject Catholicism.

Leading QC Geoffrey Robertson told the newspaper: 'I welcome this as two small steps towards a more rational constitution.'

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