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David Cameron, former British Prime Minister, repeatedly claimed that Britain is a Christian country.
It is certainly true that Christianity remains the principal (though steadily declining) religion in the country, but Cameron’s claim flies in the face of all polls and surveys, including the 2015 British Social Attitudes survey.
This shows that half (50%) of Britons do not regard themselves as having a particular religion and in the 18-24 age group this rises to nearly two thirds (64%). What is worse, though, is his claim that values of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion and pride in working for the common good and honouring the social obligations we have to one another, to our families and our communities are Christian values, as if these are exclusive to that particular religious belief.
If this is the case, it is offensive not only to those of other faiths but to those with none which include atheists, agnostics and humanists.
I am sure that non-religious people will, like Cameron, deplore the persecution of Christians in other countries for their beliefs, but Cameron might consider the similar persecution of non-believers in Muslim countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, and especially the barbaric Islamic theocracy of Saudi Arabia, where they are outlawed as terrorists and publicly flogged and hanged.
George Broadhead