Secular UK is losing the plot: Chief Rabbi warns society is ‘breaking down through loss of faith’

By Jason Groves, Mailonline

 

  • Lord Sacks says society is failing to protect institutions such as marriage
  • Chief Rabbi insists politicians are only partly responsible for the decline
  • Claims permissive attitudes of the Sixties have left marriage in ‘disarray’

 

Britain is ‘losing the plot’ as it becomes more secular and less trusting, the Chief Rabbi has warned.

 

Lord Sacks, who retires on Sunday, said society was failing to protect institutions such as marriage – with grave consequences.

 

‘I think we’re losing the plot actually,’ he said. ‘I think we haven’t really noticed what’s happened in Britain.

 

‘When you begin to lose faith and society becomes very, very secularised, you see a breakdown of institutions, whether they are financial or economic, or marriage as an institution.

 

‘Then you ask “Why have they broken down?”, and you arrive at one word, which is trust.’

 

Last week Lord Sacks warned that the Government had ‘not done enough’ to support marriage.

 

He urged ministers to finally introduce a promised tax break for married couples, and said mothers who stayed at home to raise their children deserved more recognition.

 

However, yesterday he added that politicians were only partly responsible for the decline of marriage. He claimed the permissive attitudes of the Sixties had left marriage in ‘disarray’ and children worse-off.

 

‘It’s not the fault of one government or another, and it’s not even the fault of government,’ he said. ‘It’s the fault of what we call culture, which is society talking to itself.’

 

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