• Whotsawhatsanism?
  • Antidisestablishmentarianism is a political position that originated in nineteenth-century Britain, where antidisestablishmentarians were opposed to proposals to remove the Church of England's status as the state church of England, forwarded principally by both Payne and Tuffin.
  • isnt that a double negative?
  • It is a political position requarding the Church of England's status as the state church of England.
  • It's the doctrine or political position that opposes the withdrawal of state recognition of an established church; - used especially concerning the Anglican Church in England. Opposed to disestablishmentarianism.
  • This word also rolled around in the 1960's and at that time as I recall the 'Hippies' claimed to be antidisestablishmentarianites, but it was probably a misuse of the word because I believe it to be church related. :o)
  • It is a position that advocates that a state Church, the "established church", should continue to receive government patronage, rather than be disestablished.
  • The Church of England in the UK is an "established" church - meaning that it is the official church, with government support and funding. (The US Constitution forbids an established church here.) Disestablishmentarians in the UK believe that this status should be changed -- that there should be no established church. The antidisestablishmentarians are opposed to this idea. They want the C of E to remain established and to continue to receive government support.

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