British Prime Minister David Cameron has declared Britain to be a Christian country — something that might be a bit unsettling for almost 30 percent of people who list themselves as either having no religion or being non-Christian. The actual number of non-religious appears much higher. Indeed, as noted earlier, a majority of English citizens polled stated that they have no religion in a recent study.
Cameron is following the footsteps of his predecessor Tony Blair who recently declared atheists to be the greatest threat to the nation.
Cameron used a speech in Oxford on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible to rail against the threatened “moral collapse” of Britain from those who believe you can “do what you please”. However, he identified himself as merely a “vaguely practising” Christian. Nonetheless, he defended the incorporation of religion in politics and declared “[w]e are a Christian country and we should not be afraid to say so.” Nothing vague there.
It is astonishing to see the assault on not just separation principles in England but on free speech principles (here and here). We have also seen attacks on separation principle in our own country as the West continues to toy with the incorporation of religious institutions and tenets in government (here and here and here and here).
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