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UK is a Christian nation, Cameron emphasizes

Catholic World News - December 20, 2011

In a speech commemorating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, Prime Minister David Cameron emphasized that the United Kingdom is a Christian nation.

“We are a Christian country,” he said. “And we should not be afraid to say so … what I am saying is that the Bible has helped to give Britain a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today. Values and morals we should actively stand up and defend. The alternative of moral neutrality should not be an option. You can’t fight something with nothing. Because if we don’t stand for something, we can’t stand against anything.”

“Those who oppose this usually make the case for secular neutrality,” he added. “They argue that by saying we are a Christian country and standing up for Christian values we are somehow doing down other faiths. And that the only way not to offend people is not to pass judgment on their behavior. I think these arguments are profoundly wrong. And being clear on this is absolutely fundamental to who we are as a people, what we stand for, and the kind of society we want to build.”

In a possible swipe at Catholic teaching on women’s ordination, Cameron, an Anglican, said that the Bible has been “at the forefront of the emergence of democracy, the abolition of slavery, and the emancipation of women--even if not every church has always got the point.”

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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Dec. 21, 2011 7:41 PM ET USA

    Britain is a sinking ship that started taking on water the moment it wrecked itself on the shoals of apostasy and schism so many centuries ago. Britain and in fact the entire West MUST return to a robust traditional Catholic faith that permeates EVERY aspect of life be it personal or public or we are going to enter a new dark ages sooner then we would like to imagine.

  • Posted by: Trad_Dad - Dec. 21, 2011 2:39 AM ET USA

    I wonder what happened to the anniversary for the Douay. We were there first, after all. Even the dedicated men over at Rheims completed their work before the Crown's delegation finished.

  • Posted by: gop - Dec. 20, 2011 7:51 PM ET USA

    well, I'm happy enough that he learned something from Pope Benedict's speeches in the UK. Anyway, in the future, Cameron will "learn the point" about women in the Church.

  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Dec. 20, 2011 7:32 PM ET USA

    The cheek of him to be taking a swipe at the Church. He's almost as bad as Tony-I-tell-the-Pope-what-to-do-Blair. ''what I am saying is that the Bible has helped to give Britain a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today. '' What a joke. Britain today is an immoral mess of a country.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Dec. 20, 2011 4:45 PM ET USA

    I want to know where a woman priest appears in Scripture.

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