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British premier Cameron criticised for saying UK is Christian country

Published on Apr 21, 2014 8:18 PM
 
British Prime Minister David Cameron was accused on Monday, April 21, 2014, of sowing sectarianism and division after stressing in an Easter message that Britain was still a "Christian country". -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron was accused on Monday of sowing sectarianism and division after stressing in an Easter message that Britain was still a "Christian country".

The criticism came in an open letter signed by 55 public figures, including writers Philip Pullman and Terry Pratchett and the Nobel Prize-winning scientists John Sulston and Harold Kroto.

Mr Cameron, a member of the established Church of England, has been increasingly vocal about his beliefs recently, and in an article published last week urged Christians to be "more evangelical" about their faith.

Commentators suggest he is trying to build bridges with the Church, which opposed government plans to introduce gay marriage, and following vocal criticism from many clergy about the impact of the government's austerity measures.

 
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