Christians not celebrating St George, 'ungrateful' and 'breeding cynicism' says Archbishop of York

By Jonathan Bartley
April 23, 2010

The Archbishop of York has criticised Christians as lacking gratitude and 'breeding cynicism', if they don't celebrate St George's Day, reports the Daily Mail.

It comes as a new poll carried out by ComRes and commissioned by Premier Radio, suggested that a fifth of Christians do not believe England should have a patron saint.

The poll appeared to suggest that only 25 per cent of Christians believe St George should remain the country's patron saint. (NB The details of the poll sample are not available, and if it's an online poll from a sample of under 500 people like the last one, needs to be treated with a little scepticism).

St Augustine was the next most popular saint after St George, with 11 per cent opting for the 5th Century bishop.

The denominations that were least in favour for England having a patron saint were the Methodists, with Catholics and the Pentecostal church being most in favour.

But the Archbishop of York told the Daily Mail: "The failure to recognise and appreciate the goodly heritage of one’s country of residence is a sign of all-round ingratitude. Ingratitude in turn breeds cynicism."

We have produced an alternative take on St George's Day here

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