PM criticised for claiming Britain is a 'Christian country'

David Cameron's controversial claim that Britain is a "Christian country" risks sowing "alienation and division" in society, a group of leading public figures has warned.

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'Britain should be unafraid to call itself Christian'

Downing Street has hit back amid criticism of the Prime Minister's claim that Britain is a "Christian country".

A spokeswoman said Mr Cameron had made clear as far back as December 2011, in a speech to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, that he believed the UK was a Christian country "and should not be afraid to say so".

"He also added that this was not to say in any way that to have another faith - or no faith - was somehow wrong," she said.

"He has said on many occasions that he is incredibly proud that Britain is home to many different faith communities, who do so much to make the UK a stronger country."

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