A top Tory politician has acknowledged the contribution of faith to society and says the government sees its value.
Perhaps intending to draw a contrast with former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell‘s infamous statement that “we don’t do God”, Secretary of State for Communities Sajid Javid said faith is “undoubtedly a force for good” and parents should not be afraid to raise their children as Christians.
Javid, a non-practising Muslim married to a Christian, said that faith motivates people into public service and to help others, and that “religion can be an important factor in a child’s upbringing”.
Javid’s speech, at a meeting organised by Faith Action, said: “My own experience, the things I learned in mosques, still apply very much to how I see the world today. So I am very proud that this government recognises the value of faith.”
He acknowledged the “hugely important role that religion continues to play in our society”.