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Britain is a Christian country, religious groups say

Prime Minister David Cameron’s comment draw praise and criticism

Religious groups have backed Prime Minister David Cameron’s (above) assertion in his Easter message that Britain is ‘a Christian country.’

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said ‘Christianity is the single most important element in England’s history.’

“From our legal system to our constitution, it is at the very foundations of national identity,” the bishop said. “There is a danger of airbrushing this from our memory and the intolerant secularism that we are seeing expressed does not allow for acknowledgement of that contribution and its importance to our present life.”

Hindu Council UK said it was ‘very comfortable’ with the description. The Muslim Council of Britain said the UK was a largely Christian country.

Mr Cameron said last week that the UK must be ‘more confident’ about its Christianity.

“Crucially, the Christian values of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion, humility, and love are shared by people of every faith and none—and we should be confident in standing up to defend them,” the prime minister said.

He also spoke of his faith in his Easter message, saying he found ‘peace’ in Christianity.

A number of celebrity atheists objected to the PM’s characterisation of Britain as a ‘Christian country’ in an open letter published in Monday’s Daily Telegraph—including authors Sir Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman. However, 59 per cent of Briton’s do self identify as Christian.


—Gerald Warner on PM’s remarks, see page 10 of this week’s print SCO in parishes now.


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