THREE in four people believe that the UK has become less of a
Christian country over the past five years, a new poll has
Seventy-three per cent of those questioned said that they agreed
that Britain had lost some part of its Christian heritage and
culture since 2010. Just 15 per cent disagreed.
The poll was commissioned by Christian Concern at the end of
March. It found that people were more split on whether Britain's
Christian heritage still mattered.
Forty-seven per cent said that it continued to bring benefits to
the country; 32 per cent (including one fifth of those who
identified as Christians) said that the UK's Christian heritage was
In the poll, 55 per cent of respondents agreed that Easter was
still primarily a Christian festival; but 33 per cent preferred the
statement: "In modern Britain, Easter is rightly more about having
two bank holidays together rather than anything religious." Even 18
per cent of Christians agreed.
Christian Concern said that the poll also showed how the public
backed their campaigns to support "Christian freedoms". Sixty-six
per cent of those surveyed, including 80 per cent of Christians,
agreed that the right to wear Christian symbols while at work
should be protected by law.
Andrea Williams, Christian Concern's chief executive, said that
ensuring legal protection for Christians should be a key issue in
the election. "Political leaders have ducked their responsibility
to defend Christians over the last five years, yet now they want
Farage on HIV. The leader of UKIP, Nigel
Farage, has defended his claim, made during the televised leaders'
debate last week, that thousands of foreigners with HIV arrived in
the UK for free treatment.
Putting your own family and community first, ahead of
treating others, was a "sensible Christian thing" to do, Mr Farage
When questioned by Sky News, he said: "What good
Christian would say to an 85-year-old woman 'You can't have breast
cancer treatment because we can't afford it,' whilst at the same
time shovelling a billion pounds on foreign aid, allowing people
from all over the world to fly into Britain as health