Eric Pickles: Mainstream Britain is Christian

Eric Pickles, secretary for communities
Eric Pickles secretary for communities,

Eric Pickles, local government secretary, comments on multiculturalism in advance of a new counter-extremism strategy:

"A few people, a handful of activists, have insisted that it isn't enough simply to celebrate the beliefs of minority communities; they want to disown the traditions and heritage of the majority, including the Christian faith and the English language.

"In recent years we've seen public bodies bending over backwards to translate documents up to and including their annual report into a variety of foreign languages.

"We've seen men and women disciplined for wearing modest symbols of Christian faith at work, and we've seen legal challenges to councils opening their proceedings with prayers, a tradition that goes back generations, brings comfort to many and hurts no one.

"This is the politics of division."
 

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