David Cameron, King of the Britons, on Being a “Christian Country”

Okay, he’s not king, but honestly, I’d pick being Prime Minister over that anyway.

In his yearly Easter message, Prime Minister Cameron shows us in the United States how to intelligently stand for freedom of religious conscience and the importance of worship while operating within a secularizing society. He doesn’t shy away from what Easter means or what Christians believe for fear of criticism (and I’m sure there will be plenty of that). His message is only in positive statements rather than negative comparisons.

I was particularly struck by this:

“Across Britain, Christians don’t just talk about ‘loving thy neighbor’, they live it out in faith schools, in prisons, in community groups… And it’s for all these reasons that we should feel proud to say, ‘This is a Christian country.’ Yes, we’re a nation that embraces, welcomes and accepts all faiths and none, but we are still a Christian country.”

What is so hard for Americans to grasp is that, while John Adams claimed that the United States is not “founded upon the Christian religion”, he also explicitly begins the Treaty of Paris with “In the name of the most Holy and undivided Trinity.” He claimed that our Constitution was only fit for a moral and religious people, and recognized that the American ethics of justice, mercy, fairness, and self determination find their very roots in the doctrines of Christianity. Yes, America, like the UK, welcomes people of all faiths and no faith, but it is not an insult to say that we, too, are a Christian nation. If some people take it as an insult, it may be high time we brought up the word bigotry.

Because one sure way of knowing that bigotry and prejudice exist is when a simple label becomes an intolerable epithet.

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