Sunday, 17 April 2011

Time for the pious laity to adopt the Roman collar

You may have read this morning of Colin Atkinson's coming disciplinary hearing for displaying a crucifix on the dashboard of his company van. You may also have contrasted this with the Muslim Council of Britain proclaiming that all Moslem women should cover their faces and no their views on the matter weren't required thank-you very much. Colin's on a hiding to nothing, I think; you see, it's a company vehicle. He should no more decorate it with crucifixes than with American flags. But I think pious Christians are missing a trick here.

If you want to proclaim your Christian faith, why not adopt the clerical collar? There's no restriction on it, unless you intend to impersonate a clergyman with criminal intent. The gear is widely available over the internet at reasonable prices in a variety of colours. You can even choose between the traditional RC 'peephole' collar and the old CofE 'dog' collar, in plastic or acetate, with or without studs, or even worn on a bib under a waistcoat. And of course it bears no religious sign or symbol at all. The ordained clergy can adopt some supplementary minor mark of distinction, perhaps adding a Biretta to their public dress.

Of course there may be minor drawbacks. Drunks will touch you for money, and the maudlin will attempt to confess their sins to you. You will also feel obliged to become a better, more moral person whilst simultaneously becoming a babe magnet. But the thought of thousands of van drivers, shop workers, quantity surveyors and other ordinary pious peoples all sporting this visible mark of their faith outweighs all disadvantages. The clerical collar as street wear is an idea whose day has come. 


Robert said...

Will you be wearing yours?

Raedwald said...

Only at sea, I think

Barnacle Bill said...

I miss read that as being "... adding a Beretta to their public dress."
I'd happily join a Christian religion that allows you to have a Beretta as part of your public uniform!
Right I'm off to my favourite online auction site to see if there are any clerical collars for sale.

Nearly put dog collar but that's for the girlfriend evening wear.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

R: Repeating my comment on The Anger of a Quiet Man (who posts on this story and links to you):

Living as I do with a landlord who is a Housing Association I can speak with some authority. All Housing Associations are bound up in red-tape, the most damning of which is equality and diversity and are forced to go to great lengths to avoid causing offence to any ethnic group or religion.

The vast majority of problems in the equality and diversity field for Housing Associations arise within their General Needs properties (ie on estates) yet in Sheltered Housing (which is 60+ or older) the residents live side by side with those of other religions and races. There has not been one instance of 'trouble' to my knowledge with Sheltered Accommodation yet still Housing Associations have to burden residents with all this meaningless rubbish.

An employee of one Housing Association informed me that most of their time is spent ensuring that all the 'boxes are ticked'. I am shortly to have a meeting with Grant Shapps and asked my Housing Association if they had any points they would like me to raise on their behalf, to which the response was "Where to start?" - a comment I believe speaks volumes!

Edward Spalton said...

Hello Witterings!
There was a very interesting, balanced programme recently on council housing from the Forties onwards. Originally councils were quite careful who they took on as tenants. A steady employment record gave prospective tenants a better chance of a house - and so on.

It was pretty clear that the requirements of non discrimination etc had turned previously desirable developments and areas into "sink estates". It doesn't take many fearless yobbos to do that.

With regard to clerical dress, I do wear it when on Church duties. I am a Subdeacon (lowest form of clerical life) in our Church and do many of the same things as an a Lay Reader in the Church of England. It does change the way people react to you and also makes you just a bit more considerate and careful to be on good behaviour than when in civvies.

I don't rate a biretta but wouldn't mind a Beretta - wasn't that one of James Bond's favoured pistols?

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