Eric Pickles has become the latest minister to demand a return of Christianity in Britain’s public life, as he outlined a new community cohesion strategy today.

The local government secretary’s comments are particularly revealing coming so soon after Sayeeda Warsi used a trip to the Vatican to launch a campaign against ‘militant secularism’.

“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,” he told the Daily Mail.

“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,” he added.

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