Had to check it was not 1 April when I heard this chap on radio this morning...... What's next... banning Jerusalem in case it offends people from the middle east? From Sky: A bishop has called for a "heretical" hymn with "racist overtones" to be banned. The Anglican bishop claims I Vow To Thee, My Country is contributing to a rise in nationalism. The hymn, which was a favourite of Princess Diana and was sung at her funeral, describes Britain as "entire, whole and perfect". But the Bishop of Hulme, the Rt Rev Stephen Lowe, said: "I think it is heretical because a Christian's ultimate responsibility and accountability is to God as revealed by Jesus and the Holy Spirit." Writing in Cruz, the Manchester diocesan newsletter, the bishop admitted the hymn had a "good tune". But he was unhappy about the rise of nationalism, which he claimed had been evident during the Euro 2004 football tournament and the D-Day anniversary celebrations. The bishop said "any notion of national superiority or fierce independence while pouring scorn on our neighbours is profoundly un-Christian and wrong". And he told The Daily Telegraph that the clergy should think "long and hard" before using the hymn, which was written by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice in 1918, in any of their services. He said: "I quoted the hymn as one example of my concerns about growing nationalism." According to the paper, the bishop said the hymn's popularity was a symptom of a "dangerous" increase in English nationalism which had parallels with the rise of Nazism. Set to Gustav Holst's The Planets, the song was used as an anthem for the Rugby World Cup. A spokesman for the Church of England said the bishop was entitled to his own opinion.