James Forsyth James Forsyth

David Cameron tells Britain to be ‘more confident about our status as a Christian country’

David Cameron is doing God. He has followed up his comments about his faith at last week’s Downing Street reception with an article for The Church Times in which he declares that we should be ‘more confident about our status as a Christian country’ and ‘frankly, more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives.’

This is a strikingly different tone to the one that Cameron used to adopt. Back in opposition, he talked about his faith being ‘like reception for Magic FM in the Chilterns: it sort of comes and goes’.

Personally, as I say in the magazine this week, I find Cameron’s openness about the importance of religion in his life refreshing. If we are to be a truly tolerant country we should be as relaxed about politicians doing God as we are at the prospect of an Atheist becoming Prime Minister; rightly, no one is worried about the fact Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg are Atheists.

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