Accidental said:Interesting - the moment I mention people of other cultures/religions, you all seem to think I was talking about people who've just chosen to arrive in this country. What about 2nd, 3rd, 4th.... generation British Born non-Christian people?
I realise that not all (in fact probably very few) moves that people make into foreign cultures are voluntary, but doing so carries a certain responsibility: that if one - quite understandably - wishes to educate any children one may have subsequent to arriving in the way in which one was educated (and note that this includes religion), one must convey to them why one has placed them in the awkward position that one has, and how one has coped with the cross-cultural strains that one's newly-introduced (to the country that is) attitudes from one's original culture have helped to cause (*). To fail to do so or to do so while emphasising a difference between 'us' and 'them' is to derelict one's social responsibility in the most serious possible way. Of course, this also depends on the co-operation of one's new neighbours, and this is where the original inhabitants musn't be led to feel insecure/threatened - observe the troubles that the Jews have run into over the centuries, which have certainly not been helped by a conscious policy of social isolation, even when in a tiny minority.
Essentially, everyone applying a bit of understanding can allow these things to work, but legalising religious favouritism against the hosts' religion is not going to encourage any of the hosts to feel understanding...
Apologies for the long and tedious posts!
(*) Could I just apologise for the dreadfully convoluted and possibly incomprehensible English in that sentence?! Basically I'm saying that you need to give your kids a helping hand. This can be extended for as many generations as one cares to maintain one's original cultural values for.