The National Secular Society is kicking up another fuss over religion. Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust will be assessing individual’s spiritual and psychological needs when they are admitted in to hospital. The NSS are declaring that this was just “˜chaplains in the hospitals touting for business’.
The NSS seem to want to turn this into a nation of atheists. Wasn’t it founded on religious principles? There is no separation of Church and state in this country, yet, increasingly, there is evidence of shame in proclaiming one’s faith, especially if it is of the Christian denomination.
What is so wrong about asking one’s religious beliefs and whether there is something that can be done for a person in hospital based on their faith? Some strongly believe in the power of prayer. Have they never heard about psychological effects of faith on healing? Psychology has a lot to do with well-being. What if one wants to receive communion? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone at the hospital can arrange this for you? People of other faiths, perhaps, may want their religious leaders to be informed and visit them.
If you do not want any “˜religion foisted on you’ as the NSS president has put it, you simply just say “˜no’. This is not touting for business for chaplains. After all, it is meant to serve all faiths, not just Christians. Hospital chaplains may have some training in other religions, but they are no means representatives of those other religions.
As for the spending on this policy, could it really be that exhaustive in money and time to ask a simple question and notify the correct person? Get real.