Eric Pickles and Christianity: militantly ignorant

April 8, 2014 at 11:30 am (Asshole, atheism, Christianity, conspiracy theories, fantasy, posted by JD, reblogged, religion, Tory scum)

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More of the comedy of “politically correct persecution of Christians” from the UK:

Militant atheists should “get over it” and accept that Britain is a Christian country, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said.

That’s what a “Communities Secretary” is for is it? I wouldn’t know, because we don’t have one in the US, not at the federal level at least. We don’t have one for sport, either, or one for faith. How impoverished we are. Anyway so the job of the Communities Secretary is to piss on people who are part of the wrong kind of “communities”?

“I’ve stopped an attempt by militant atheists to ban councils having prayers at the start of meetings if they wish,” said Mr Pickles.

“Heaven forbid. We’re a Christian nation. We have an Established Church.

“Get over it. And don’t impose your politically correct intolerance on others.”

Get over what? Wanting to keep politics out of religion and religion out of politics?

Funny that he’s accusing other people of intolerance.

NB: Comrade Coatesy, with his knowledge of France, has an interesting take on all this



  1. Eric Pickles and Christianity: militantly ignorant | OzHouse said,

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  2. Mike Killingworth said,

    For the benefit of any other Yanks reading this, Pickles isn’t take very seriously, even by his own colleagues.

  3. R F McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

    FWIW I recently calculated based on the last two censuses that Christians even in the vaguest sense represented by the census question would become outnumbered by non-Christians in 2018 or so.

  4. Matthew Thompson said,

    I do find the National Secular Society’s campaign to ban prayers before council meeting slightly Pooterish though. If you’re a non-religious councillor, why can’t you just look out of the window and think about something else?

    • Babs said,

      Church and State should stay separate at all times.

      • Matthew Thompson said,

        The Church of England should be disestablished and local councils shouldn’t be obliged to have prayers before meetings but I don’t see why those who want to should be stopped from having them.

      • Mike Killingworth said,

        So: you were against my Church (Unitarian) campaigning for the legalisation of gay marriage?

    • Jim Phillips said,

      Well, yeah, it’s not the most important thing in the world- but then again, why should faithless or nontheistic councillors have to twiddle their thumbs while prayers are said? It’s exclusionary, whereas neutrality costs nothing and excludes nobody. If antitheist councillors wanted to start meetings with a tribute to Nietzsche and rejection of the blessings of all gods, would you suggest Christians present should just grin and bear it?

      • Mike Killingworth said,

        Pickles said it to annoy his political opponents. It’s about all he’s good for – and the Left have had their own Pickleses, as the comments on this site have proved over the years.

      • Matthew Thompson said,

        Yes, Jim. Turn the other cheek.

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