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        "British politicians don't do religion"

        This, more than anything else, is what I don't get about the UK. What is the fear? Are evangelicals really that scarce?

        The same can be said for the Democratic party here in the States - any mention of God, and you'll never hear from that candidate again.

        "Whosoever shall introduce into the public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world"

        Dave Cross

        Church attendance is tiny in the UK compared with somewhere like the US. Whilst probably a (slim) majority of the UK population would claim to be religious hardly any of them give anything other than lip service to a belief in a deity. The UK is far further than the US along the inevitable switch from polythesism to monothesim to atheism.

        If a political leader made any overtly religious gesture they would run the risk of alienating far more people than they would attract. It's a completely different society. Religion is a minority interest that people don't talk about.

        We all know that Tony Blair is a practicing christian, but he has the good sense to keep the actual practicing private.

        Mark O'Brien

        I don't know how true this is, but my thoughts are that Britain has a much more religiously diverse society (I assume we have more Muslims here in the UK as a percentage of the total population). As well as this, there is a historic culture in Britain of keeping religion away from politics (Surprisingly, when you consider the connection with Church and State here which is absent in the US). But historically, any man seeking a position of power by exploiting religious issues has failed and is nowadays scorned. Perhaps this is all in the imagination, but we have had a long history in this country of confusing religion and politics to the point of civil war in one case. Perhaps British people have had it bred into them that religion and politics should, in practice, be separate.

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