17 September, 2019

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On Cameron’s References To Britain As A Christian Country

Cameron’s References To Britain As A Christian Country Have Negative Consequences

More than 50 prominent public figures including novelist, diplomats, Nobel prize winners and playwrights have accused David Cameron of fostering divisions in the UK by repeatedly referring to Britain as a Christian country.

david-cameron-colombotelegraphSignatories to the letter asserting that Britain is not a Christian country include Philip Pullman, Ken Follett, Prof Alice Roberts, Prof Harold Kroto and Sir Terry Pratchett.

The authors say they respect Cameron’s own religious beliefs but say they “object to his repeated mischaracterising of our country as a ‘Christian country’ and the negative consequences for our politics and society that this view engenders”.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, they assert: “Apart from in the narrow constitutional sense that we continue to have an established church, we are not a ‘Christian country’. Repeated surveys, polls, and studies show most of us as individuals are not Christian in our beliefs or our religious identities and at a social level, Britain has been shaped for the better by many pre-Christian, non-Christian, and post-Christian forces.

“We are a plural society with citizens with a range of perspectives and a largely non-religious society. To constantly claim otherwise fosters alienation and division in our society. Although it is right to recognise the contribution made by many Christians to social action, it is wrong to try to exceptionalise their contribution when it is equalled by British people of different beliefs. It needlessly fuels enervating sectarian debates that are by and large absent from the lives of most British people, who – as polls show – do not want religions or religious identities to be actively prioritised by their elected government.”

Signatories also included the novelist Maureen Duffy, the Nobel prize-winning scientist Sir John Sulston, the scientist Sir John Blundell and the former diplomat Sir Richard Dalton.

Cameron has been more outspokenly Christian this Easter than on previous occasions, which many critics claim is a response to the political threat from Ukip.

Courtesy Guardian 

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    He’s just chasing the votes he lost after the gay marriage laws were passed. Bastard politicians all over the world. Can’t do with them, can’t do without them.

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      Wanna know what a heartless hypocrite this Cameron is?

      Please look into his excellent track record in bungling all attempts by UN to investigate war crimes of Israel against Palestinians.

      Christian! My foot!

      Cheers!

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        “Wanna know what a heartless hypocrite this Cameron is?UN to investigate war crimes of Israel against Palestinians. “

        You are another bankrupt internet pook without any knowledge of western history for the past 600 years.
        The French/Irish can only stick to the Arabs thinking they can have their way because they think they know billa.

        You have never lived next to even with the educated Palestinians. They are aggressive folk therefore they are unable to grasp of how to live next to other cultures.

        Even your big neighbour politically supports Palestine but not the general public who know better about these aggressive folk.

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    Cameron has let the cat out of the bag!
    From the days of Henry V111 England is Christian and have fought many a war against the Catholics and Muslims.
    His statement has tickled the balls of the high and mighty like the free masons.

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    Cameron’s References To Britain As A Christian Country Have Negative Consequences

    Call Britain an Agnostic Country, until proven otherwise.

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      Amarasiri is factually correct. The majority of British people will not call themselves Christians but free thinkers. Among the youth this may reach 70%. I am not gloating over this, but Cameron is factually wrong.

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    …And he criticises SL for calling itself a Sinhala Buddhist Country!
    ..However I agree with him on this point!

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    Visit a church in Britain on Sunday and find empty pews. Visit a Mosque on Friday, and it’s packed with devotees. There are more practicing Muslims than Christians in Britain. Is it still a Christian country?
    Scots want to leave the union with Britain. Irish have already done so. Africa, Asia have kicked them out. Soon Cameron will wake up to find his missus have gone. Oh England! What a miserable lot!

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      Hey Lal,
      Your countries BBS calls sri lanka is a buddhist country…So wots ur issue??? Com’on mate Tipical srilankan bullshit.

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      lal,
      true, but evidence of the Christian ethic is still prevalent among the general population (not the recent migrants), though one has to exclude the City(citadel) workers and most politicians. Cameron put homosexuals on a pedestal, and forced through the extremely unpopular homosexual marriage bill while Maria Miller WAS the Culture Secretary. The parliamentary culture is another story.

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    Well done Cameron !!! Ironically BBS call Sri Lanka a Buddhist Country

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    It would be hypocritical not to call Saudi Arabia an Islamic state..;-)

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      It would be, because not even a vestige of another religion is willingly allowed in.

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    Go David. You are right. Britain was christened as a Christian Nation. All other bunch came as migrants and cannot claim Britain as a multi ethnic society or country. PRAISE BE TO GOD.

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