The Prime Minister’s assertion that Britain is a Christian country risks dividing society, claim 50 liberals

Author Philip Pullman is one of 50 signatories of the letter – which has been published in The Daily Telegraph

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.

More than 50 writers, scientists, broadcasters and academics have signed an open letter expressing concern at the ‘negative consequences’ of the Prime Minister’s assertion in a country where most people do not describe themselves as Christian.

Signatories of the letter, published in The Daily Telegraph, include the authors Philip Pullman and Sir Terry Pratchett; broadcasters Dan Snow and Nick Ross, the philosopher AC Grayling; and the human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

It follows the article last week for the Church Times by Mr Cameron – who in the past has been reluctant to discuss religious matters – in which he wrote of his own faith and his desire to infuse politics with Christian ideals and values.

While the letter acknowledges that the Prime Minister is entitled to his religious beliefs, his comments do not reflect the country as it is today…