Christian deniers are deluded say top Tories
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government
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Iain Duncan Smith has said that the UK is a Christian country and those that say otherwise are "ignoring reality".
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the works and pensions secretary said the country had a "Christian heritage".
IDS spoke to the paper alongside Attorney General Dominic Grieve, patron of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.
The Tory pair were responding to an outpouring of public scorn in the wake of Prime Minister David Cameron's claim last week that the UK is a "Christian country".
IDS said claims that Britain was not a Christian country were "absurd" and ignored "both historical and constitutional reality".
The PM's statement provoked a letter signed by over 50 public figures that said Cameron's depiction of the UK as "Christian" had "negative consequences for politics and society".
Grieve said that "Many of the underlying ethics of society are Christian-based and the result of 1,500 years of Christian input into our national life," before adding that atheists are "deluding themselves".