Speaking to delegates at the Conservative Spring Forum in London on April 5, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said Britain is a “Christian nation” and militant atheists should “get over it.” He also said that atheists should be disallowed from advocating the agenda of “politically correct tolerance.”
“I’ve stopped an attempt by militant atheists to ban councils having prayers at the start of meetings if they wish… Heaven forbid. We're a Christian nation. We have an Established Church. Get over it. And don't impose your politically correct intolerance on others,” iterated Pickles.
The conservative Member of Parliament has earlier accused Labour Party of “diminishing Christianity” because they said there was no place for religion in politics. In 2012, he managed to change the law to ensure English Parish councils were protected from being subject to legal challenges if they chose to include prayers in public meetings.
In the past, 61-year-old Pickles who happens to be a Yorkshireman found himself in the spotlight for comparing the English Defence League with “the thuggish hard left” and militant Islam. According to him, “all are as bad as each other.”
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