After Tony Blair, I thought that government osculation of religious rumps would cease, but prime minister David Cameron, it seems is up to the same old tricks. According to Britain’s National Secular Society, he’s bending over backwards to praise Christianity:
Prime Minister David Cameron held yet another reception at Downing Street for religious leaders this week.
In an effort to build bridges after the controversy over his proposals to introduce same-sex marriage, Cameron said he was “looking forward to the enthronement of the new Archbishop of Canterbury”. He said the inauguration of the new pope had been “a great week for Christians”.
He told the religious big-wigs: “This government does care about faith. It does care about the institutions of faith, and it does want you to stand up and oppose aggressive secularisation.”
But does it care about non-faith? Apparently not, since it opposes “aggressive secularization,” whatever that is.
But Cameron seems to privilege one faith over others:
The prime minister reminded his audience that in a “difficult budget” today, the government had reaffirmed its commitment to increasing overseas aid. He said he’d raised religious freedom on visits to Egypt and Pakistan. “Wherever we go, we stand up for the right of Christians to practice their faith,” he said. . . .
The prime minister said he viewed Easter as the most important Christian festival.
“It’s all about, for me, the triumph of life over death,” he said. “Which in politics is always useful.”
Ba-BOOM! He’ll be here all year folks (which is unfortunate).