John BinghamThe Telegraph – June 17, 2014

David Cameron has insisted that being a Christian helps make him a better politician.

His comments came as he became the first prime minister since Margaret Thatcher to attend Britain’s national parliamentary“prayer breakfast”.

It follows a debate over Mr Cameron’s remarks earlier this year that Britain is still a “Christian country” and that followers of the faith should be unashamedly “evangelical” about their beliefs.

Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, who is an atheist, also attended alongside 80 MPs, 20 peers and almost 600 churchgoers, campaigners and lobbyists for the early morning gathering in the medieval Westminster Hall.

It is understood that the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, was also invited but was unable to attend the event at which the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, spoke about global Christianity.

The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, read a lesson from the book of Isaiah and Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs led prayers.

Mr Cameron, who sat at a table with Archbishop Welby, wrote a personal foreword to the program for the event, saying that he believed Christianity could inspire politicians to “get out there and make a difference to people’s lives”.

He said the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast – modeled on an annual gathering in Washington DC which has been attended by every US president since Eisenhower – was a “special moment in the parliamentary calendar”.

“I believe very deeply that we should be confident in Britain about our status as a Christian country,” he said.

“So I think it is absolutely right that our Parliament should express this confidence through this annual prayer breakfast.

“Greater confidence in our Christianity can also inspire a stronger belief in our work as politicians to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives – and it should inspire our support for churches and faith organisations in the vital work they do in our society and around the world.

“Whatever our political parties and whatever our disagreements these are values we share.”

Mr Cameron’s remarks, in an article in Church Times earlier this year, that Britain is still a Christian country triggered a national debate about the status of religion.

Dozens of writers, scientists, philosophers and politicians responded with a letter to The Telegraph accusing Mr Cameron of sowing sectarianism and division by emphasising Christianity.

 


1 Response to “David Cameron is First British Prime Minister Since Margaret Thatcher to Attend Prayer Breakfast in UK Parliament”

  1. 1 Peter Harvey

    Interesting that David Cameron says that being a Christian helps make him a better politician. Is he really a Bible believing Christian, though or just happy to wear the name Christian for political convenience when many Britons are perhaps realizing that their nation is rapidly being overrun by other ideologies, not the least being that of radical Islam, which are undermining the very freedoms Britain has been so proud of for centuries as a Christian nation?
    I do not confess to know a great deal about David Cameron, but I do know he was one of the staunch advocates for the overturning of the institution of the traditional view of marriage as being between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, in favor of a new definition of marriage, allowing for and encouraging homosexual or same sex couples to freely wed. The Bible calls homosexuality abomination in the Old Testament. The New Testament is equally clear concerning God’s attitude to homosexual practice. Unless he has changed his heart attitude towards the promotion of this sinful lifestyle in recent times, one wonders if he is a true follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, a real deal Christian.

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