Thursday, 2 October 2008

Composer James MacMillan warns of liberal elite's 'ignorance-fuelled hostility to religion'

A leading British composer has warned that atheist liberals are using "increasingly aggressive" means to drive religion out of public life and culture.

James MacMillan, one of the conductors of the BBC Philharmonic orchestra, claimed in a speech last night that the "ignorance-fuelled" hostility to faith shown by "metropolitan arts, cultural and media elites" risks making society bland and uniform.

He also accused pop culture of inhibiting musical curiosity in the young and leading to greater conformity.

MacMillan, regarded as the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation, added that embracing spirituality is now one of the most radical and counter-cultural moves a musician can make. Read more

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