Atheists should ‘get over it’ and accept Britain is Christian, says Eric Pickles

Militant atheists should “get over it” and accept that Britain is a Christian country, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said.

Mr Pickles changed the law in 2012 to ensure that English parish councils could not face legal challenges for including prayers in public meetings, and has previously accused the former Labour government of “diminishing Christianity” by suggesting that religion and politics could not mix.

This weekend, he told delegates at the Conservative Spring Forum in London that non-believers should not be able to impose “politically correct intolerance” on others.