Hazel Blears is the latest cabinet minister to speak up about Christian issues. She even gave her thoughts on how Jesus would react to the recession.
Six years after Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s spin chief, declared that “we don’t do God,” Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, has delivered a speech which unashamedly combines religion and politics.
Her address, to the Evangelical Alliance, included detailed references to the Christian scriptures – and even raised the prospect of what Jesus’ view of the current economic downturn would be.
It has led the National Secular Society to accuse the Labour leadership of seeking to reposition the party as a Christian Socialist movement.
In her speech, to an invited audience of faith groups and representatives from the voluntary sector, Mrs Blears said: “Jesus knew exactly the kind of challenges people are facing today. (read more)
This follows up comments from Stephen Timms last week.