Royal Wedding an Outdated Tradition

It only seems fitting for a tradition that has outlived its usefulness (if ever useful) to take place within another tradition that has outlived its usefulness (if ever useful). Kings, queens, and princes aren’t what they used to be. Many Europeans left their Christian homeland to escape rule by the “divine right of kings” and establish a new nation with a bill of rights that guarantees religious freedom for all. Meanwhile most in the United Kingdom stopped believing in either the divine right of kings or in the divine right of deities.

The latest British royal wedding will take place on April 29, 2011 A.D. (an abbreviation for Anno Domini, the Year of Our Lord). This traditional dating refers to the number of years since Christ was born—even though scholars now estimate that Christ was born around the year 4 B.C. (Before Christ), meaning four years before he was born. Yet another miracle for traditionalists to ponder!

Individuals should be free to follow or reject traditions. As long as the royal family doesn’t claim to speak for all British citizens, they can do whatever they please. I’ve exercised my freedom to turn off the television until all the wedding hoopla is over. We may not have royalty in this country, but I cringe when a president claims to speak on behalf of all Americans as he ends speeches with “God bless America.” I also laugh when judges argue for the constitutionality of “under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance because the words are merely ceremonial tradition rather than a religious statement. The absence of these two words had a longer tradition from 1892-1954, when they were added during the disgraceful McCarthy era.

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