Over the past few days, many commentators have been stating Church of England bishops should not get involved in politics. Some have been more specific and have stated bishops should not get involved in party politics. Why? What is wrong with church leaders speaking their mind? When you become a bishop, do you leave your political views behind? Are you not entitled to speak out on issues you feel passionate about? Are not many bishops entitled to air their views in the House of Lords?
If anyone tries to tell me politics and religion shouldn't mix, they are living cloud cuckoo land. Of course they mix and rightly so. I want more debate in this country, not less of it. All of our ideas, theories and policies should be challenged, and I couldn't care less who does the challenging.