David Cameron declares: ‘Britain is still a Christian country’
Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg deliver Easter messages despite being atheists
David Cameron has used his Easter message to the country to declare that Britain is still a Christian country, as he urged the nation to “speak out” over the persecution of the faithful around the world.
The Prime Minister and the other party leaders shared Easter messages - even though some, including Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister, and Labour’s Ed Miliband, are self-proclaimed non-believers.
In his message, Mr Cameron said: “Across Britain, Christians don’t just talk about ‘loving thy neighbour’, they live it out… in faith schools, in prisons, in community groups.
"And it’s for all these reasons that we should feel proud to say, ‘This is a Christian country.’ The church is not just a collection of beautiful old buildings. It is a living, active force doing great works across our country.
David Cameron delivers his Easter message
“Yes, we are a nation that embraces, welcomes and accepts all faiths and none but we are still a Christian country. And as a Christian country, Our responsibilities don’t end there.
"We have a duty to speak out about the persecution of Christians around the world too.
"It is truly shocking to know that in 2015 there are still Christians being threatened, tortured, even killed, because of their faith from Egypt to Nigeria, Libya to North Korea.
“Across the Middle East, Christians have been hounded out of their homes, forced to flee from village to village, many of them forced to renounce their faith or be brutally murdered.
“To all those brave Christians in Iraq and Syria who are practising their faith, or sheltering others, we must say, ‘We stand with you’.”
Mr Cameron’s message comes days after 150 Kenyan Christians were massacred.
In the past, the Prime Minister has said he is “evangelical” about his Christian faith, and suggested that atheists failed to grasp the “moral code” that religion provides.
Mr Miliband sent out a message on Twitter wishing the county a happy Easter. Of a Jewish background, he has admitted that he does not believe in God, but said he had “great respect” for those who did.