Yes, undemocratic and archaic isn't it? And when people complain they are 'intolerant' or 'aggressive secularists' or some such nonsense. If we don't complain we are considered complicit.<quoted text>
Religion incorporated into law in the respected United Kingdom?
The Lords Spiritual
26 bishops of the Church of England sit in the House of Lords. Known as the Lords Spiritual, they read prayers at the start of each daily meeting and play a full and active role in the life and work of the Upper House.
This section provides information about their historic and present role, and details of the current occupants of the Bishops' Benches.
The continuing place of Anglican bishops in the Lords reflects our enduring constitutional arrangement, with an established Church of England and its Supreme Governor as Monarch and Head of State.
Although there are 44 dioceses in the present-day Church of England, the Bishopric of Manchester Act of 1847 limited the number of places for Lords Spiritual to 26. In the Upper House today the 26 Lords Spiritual constitute around 3.5% of its membersh.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the Bishops of Durham, London and Winchester are ex-officio members of the House of Lords. The remaining 21 places on the Bishops' Bench are not determined by diocese, but are occupied by those English diocesan bishops that have served the longest.
When bishops retire from their see (compulsory at 70), their membership of the House also ceases. Occasionally some have become life peers, and this is usually the case for former archbishops.
It won't change under this reactionary government and perhaps not in this generation but I would be pleased if the House of Lords and the Monarchy were abolished in my lifetime - as long as no empowered President & elected upper house. We don't want a US system and checks and balances to the point of political paralysis. That would frying pan to fire.