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The Rise Of The ‘Militant Secularists’: Muslim Minister Calls On Christians To Stand Up For Their Faith
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‘You cannot and should not extract these Christian foundations from the evolution of our nations any more than you can or should erase the spires from our landscapes.’ 
By Kirsty Walker
02/14/2012 UK (Mail Online)-Christianity is in grave danger of being marginalised, Britain’s only Muslim cabinet minister will tell the Vatican today.
Baroness Warsi will call for Europeans to take more pride in their religious roots and for Christianity to play a greater role in public life.
She will attack the ‘basic misconception’ that Christianity needs to be ‘erased’ for minorities to feel welcome in society.
She also spoke of her fears for British society which she believes is being taken hold of by ‘militant secularists’ in an article for the Daily Telegraph.
Social cohesion will improve if individuals feel more confident in their religious beliefs, she will tell the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome, a college which trains priests for diplomatic and secretariat duties.
Baroness Warsi is leading a UK delegation to be received by the Pope at the Vatican today. With seven ministers, it is the largest ever UK mission to the Holy See.
The peer, who is co-chairman of the Conservative Party, said she feared that religion was being increasingly downgraded or dismissed as an eccentricity.

‘In practice this means individuals not diluting their faiths … and nations not denying their religious heritages. If you take this thought to its conclusion then the idea you’re left with is this: Europe needs to become more confident in its Christianity.
‘Too often there is a suspicion of faith in our continent. It all hinges on a basic misconception: That to create equality and space for minorities we need to erase our religious heritage.’
Her comments come just days after a landmark legal ruling banning the saying of prayers at council meetings.

It prompted concern that it would pave the way for Parliament to abandon prayers before Commons and Lords business, mark the end of hospital and military chaplains, and even lead to the abolition of the coronation oath.
The ruling came on the same day that two Christian guesthouse owners failed in their attempt to overturn a £3,600 fine imposed on them for refusing to allow a gay couple to occupy a double room.

‘You cannot and should not extract these Christian foundations from the evolution of our nations any more than you can or should erase the spires from our landscapes,’ she will say.
However, the Cabinet minister will warn: ‘I see a great danger to this confident affirmation of religion today. It is what the Holy Father called the increasing marginalisation of religion during his speech in Westminster Hall.
‘I see it in the UK and I see it in Europe. Spirituality, suppressed. Divinity, downgraded.
‘Where, in the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury, faith is looked down on as the hobby of oddities, foreigners and minorities. Where religion is dismissed as an eccentricity because it’s infused with tradition.’

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