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Grieve warns of ‘sanitisation’ of faith in public life

29 August 2014

AP

Worried: Dominic Grieve

Worried: Dominic Grieve

THE former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has warned that Christianity is being forced out of public life by an "aggressive form of secularism".

Mr Grieve, an Anglican, told The Daily Telegraph that it was "extraordinary" that Christians could lose their jobs because they were public about their faith or even for wearing a cross. "I worry that there are attempts to push faith out of the public space. Some of the cases which have come to light of employers being disciplined or sacked for simply trying to talk about their faith in the workplace I find quite extraordinary. The sanitisation will lead to people of faith excluding themselves from the public space and being excluded."

Mr Grieve, who was recently sacked from the Cabinet, also criticised the arms-length approach to religion taken by Tony Blair's government. "I think politicians should express their faith. I have never adhered to the Blair view that we don't do God; indeed, I'm not sure that Blair does. I think that people with faith have an entitlement to explain where that places them in approaching problems. It doesn't mean that we have the monopoly of wisdom, but I do think Christianity has played an enormous role in shaping this country."

In the interview, he said that the UK should be stronger in holding Israel to account over its recent war in Gaza. "We are not acting as good friends to Israel if we do not highlight our view as to whether we think they are doing the right thing.

"I have come across very few colleagues in government who are comfortable with what has been going on. . . Killing large numbers of children in UN schools which are supposed to be havens of safety is a very unfortunate event to take place."

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