Theresa May has urged Britain to draw on her Christian values to come together after Brexit.
In her Easter video message, the Prime Minister says ethics she learned as a vicar’s daughter should “bring us together” as we “face the opportunities” of leaving the EU.
She adds Brits should be “confident about the role Christianity has to play” in their lives and do more to stand up for persecuted religious people worldwide.
The message on Easter Sunday prompted a warning about mixing religion and policy from former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell, who famously said “we won’t do God”.
He told the Observer: “She does not exactly say if God had a vote he would have voted Leave, but she gets closer to it than she should.
“If she really thinks she is leading a united country full of hope… I suggest she gets out more.”
Mrs May’s Easter message says: “As we face the opportunities ahead of us – the opportunities that stem from our decision to leave the European Union and embrace the world – our shared interests, our shared ambitions, and above all our shared values can and must bring us together.
“This Easter I think of those values that we share – values that I learnt in my own childhood, growing up in a vicarage.
“Values of compassion, community, citizenship. The sense of obligation we have to one another.
“These are values we all hold in common – and values that are visibly lived out everyday by Christians – as well as by people of other faiths or none.”
She pays tribute to the sacrifices of aid workers and other people who put themselves in harm’s way to bring relief from war.
She adds: “We should be confident about the role that Christianity has to play in the lives of people in our country.
SOURCE: DAN BLOOM