Religion: The Churches & Egypt

Religion in Britain often appears subdued and on the decline. Yet the Eden government's intervention in Egypt roused Britain's churches to life and protest as no British government's action since the Boer War. Most of the Protestant clergy —both Established church and nonconformist—took their cue from the Archbishop of Canterbury ("Christian opinion ... is terribly uneasy and unhappy"). Said the Anglican Bishop of Chichester: "Britain has stood alone in the world before because she upheld moral principles at great cost to herself. But she stands almost alone today because she has acted in direct violation of the moral and legal principles...

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