Wednesday, April 23, 2014

David Cameron is right to refer to Britain as a Christian country, says Bishop

Bishop Michael Nazir Ali's letter to The Telegraph
April 22nd, 2014

SIR – It is understandable that the architects of secularism should be concerned about the Prime Minister’s claim that Britain is a Christian country. The reappearance of Christianity in public life would be very inconvenient for them.

They admit that Britain is constitutionally Christian. This is not, however, in a narrow sense, as they claim. The Coronation service and the Coronation oath are shot through with Christian beliefs and values, without which they would make no sense. So is that other great pillar of our liberties: the Magna Carta.

Parliament convenes with prayer, and bishops of the Church of England sit in the House of Lords. National and civic occasions are marked by Christian ceremonies, and the calendar remains unabashedly Christian.

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