Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Cameron expresses support for "Christian fightback"

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The Prime Minister has expressed his support for a
Christian "fightback" against secularism
At an Easter reception at Downing Street yesterday, David Cameron told faith leaders that he welcomes a Christian "fightback" against secularism, citing recent cases, such as the Bideford ruling on council prayers, which some Christians argue are part of an attempt to drive religion from public life. The Prime Minister said:
“I think there’s something of a fightback going on, and we should welcome that. The values of the Bible, the values of Christianity are the values that we need.”
The meeting was the first time Cameron has met Christian leaders since the government launched its consultation on legalising same-sex marriage, and the Prime Minister took the opportunity to tell them that he hopes they "won’t fall out too much" with him over the proposals.

Cameron's remarks are the latest sign that the government is siding with the Christian right against secularism. Earlier this year, the Conservative Party chair Baroness Warsi (who last year said the current government will "Do God") declared that "a militant secularisation is taking hold" of society, likening it to the totalitarian movements of the twentieth century, while the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles responded to the Bideford judgement by suggesting that an "intolerant secularism" was being used to marginalise and attack faith in public life.
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