Oh dear, it seems that even the clergy have succumbed to Nanny's brain washing.
Is nothing sacred?
The Bishop of Hulme, the Rt Rev Stephen Lowe a Church of England bishop, has demanded that churches ban the singing of "I Vow to Thee, My Country"; because he says it is heretical, and has racist overtones.
What utter nonsense!
Lowe seems to be under the delusions that this very popular hymn, which has been sung for generations, is in fact a symptom of the increase in English nationalism.
Lowe then, for good measure, likens it to the rise of Nazism.
The hymn is a popular choice for Remembrance Day services and other national occasions.
Needless to say Lowe doesn't much care for the hymn's associations with the British empire; they are "questionable" in a multi-faith, multi-cultural society.
Like it or not Bishop, there was an Empire which gave good and bad things to the world; you cannot dis-invent the British Empire, nor should you sweep it under the carpet.
It is precisely because of the Empire that we have a multi cultural, and tolerant, society today.
OOHH a bit of controversy!
Bishop Lowe says that the words are "totally heretical", because they suggested that people should pledge their allegiance to their country before God.
"My country, right or wrong is not an appropriate sentiment for Christians to uphold,".
Everyone knows that God is an Englishman, therefore the vow is not contradictory.