I am ambivalent when it comes to politicians and religion. It strikes me that their relationship with Faith is rather like that of a dog’s with a lamp-post. Our Prime Minister has suddenly spoken about his Faith, just before Easter and, of course, just before those pesky European Elections in which his Party is expected to tank!
Britain should be unashamedly “evangelical” about its Christian faith and actively hand churches and other faith groups a greater role in society, David Cameron has insisted. In a declaration of his personal beliefs, he said he had experienced the “healing power” of religion in his own life and insisted that Christianity could transform the “spiritual, physical, and moral” state of Britain and even the world. Writing in the Church Times, the Anglican newspaper, he heaped praise on the Church of England and described the UK as a “Christian country” despite saying we live in an increasingly “secular age”. He also attacked those who demand a strict “neutrality” in public life on religious matters arguing that it would deprive Britain of a vital source of morality.
I am wondering if this is the SAME David Cameron who has pushes through the oxymoron of Gay Marriage in the teeth of opposition from the Churches in the UK? Does gayness come before Christian piety, pray? Is this the same David Cameron who insists that ISLAM is “a great religion” even as some of its most enthusiastic disciplines cut the heads of Christians and burn them alive in Africa? The fact is that Cameron is doing what all politicians do – playing to the gallery.