I don't really do God on this blog. My Christianity is quite personal, and I'd no more wish to share it than I would details of my bowel movements. Many of you are athiest or agnostic, and I'm perfectly happy to accept that. I don't really do monarchy, either; many of you are also republicans, and I wouldn't argue the principles. However, my personal comfort zone includes a Christian monarch on the throne of England, but I regard this as really a matter for private belief rather than public debate. I also like cats. And dogs.
However, I feel compelled to post in support of Cranmer's view on the decision of the Privy Council to modify the Trinity Cross honour because it offends Muslims and Hindus.
Take a look at the crown below. At its apex is a ball, representing the world. Above that is a cross. The motif is repeated in the Orb of State. The message is clear enough; Christ reigns above the temporal authority of the sovereign. The crown, and the cross, are ubiquitous in our society; on postboxes, in courts of law, on the helmet plates of police officers, on the rank insignia of officers of field rank or above, on regimental and naval crests, on our debased coinage. Our gallantry awards are crosses. The flag of England is Christ's cross. The symbolism is anchored deep in our national psyche, but hardly anyone notices it. And that's the way I'm happy for things to stay.
OK I'll shut up now.