Britain 'a Christian nation': is Eric Pickles right?
Militant atheists should accept that Britain remains "a Christian nation" and "get over it," according to government minister Eric Pickles.
The Communities Secretary has previously intervened to ensure local councils can't face legal challenges for having prayer in their meetings. Now, in a speech to Conservative Party members at their Spring Forum, he has gone further, saying: "I've stopped an attempt by militant atheists to ban councils having prayers at the start of meetings if they wish. Heaven forbid. We're a Christian nation. We have an established church. Get over it. And don't impose your politically correct intolerance on others."
But is he right? Certainly the 2013 census revealed that 59% of British citizens describe themselves as "Christian". However, that figure is a fall of 13% in just a decade â€“ and the proportion of the population worshipping each week is far less!...