Christianity in Public Life

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:03 pm on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud 3:03 pm, 11th March 2009

I apologise to Andrew Selous for being late for the start of the debate; I was away with a Select Committee, as I think he knows. I shall be brief, because I want to make only two points.

I welcome the debate. As a Christian, I think that it is important that one tells people of one's faith, because people should register it. I have always found that Christians like to know that one is a Christian, and that people of other faiths and of no faith respect it, too. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I have been attacked. Sadly, it has happened recently, but that is because the battle between secularism and Christianity has created heightened expectations among the latter, and we as Christians must address that.

Like others, including John Mason, I pay due regard to the Christian charities that go places where no other group will go. In my constituency, Marah, which runs a homeless charity, works not only with people who have no home, obviously, but with people who are alcohol or drug dependent, or have other social problems. I have real respect for Marah, because the group does such work day in, day out, and in the most difficult circumstances.