Beliefnet News

Beliefnet News

Muslim: Britain needs to be more Christian

The only Muslim in the United Kingdom’s cabinet says Britain should be more Christian.

Baronness Warsi

Writing in the daily newspaper the Telegraph, Baroness Sayeeda Hussain Warsi suggested Christians have no reason not to be proud of their religion — and declared that having a strong faith identify could help people to better understand people of other faiths.


“We need to create a country where people don’t feel like they have to leave religion at the door. That means being proud of Christianity, not downgrading it,” she said. “It means encouraging people to say that their faith inspires what they do. It means supporting religious charities in delivering public services in schools, hospices and rehabilitation.”

“Lady Warsi’s message will be assuring to many Christians who have felt under increasing pressure in recent years to keep their faith private,” observed the Christian Todaywebsite, “while others have perceived a tendency towards respect for Muslims and intolerance towards Christians.”


Warsi went on to recommend that Christians should not feel they have to water down their faith. It is a “mistake to assume that you compromise your identity the more you try to understand others,” the British politician advised. “The stronger your understanding of your neighbor, the stronger your own religious identity becomes. For many years, I have been saying that the stronger we are as a Christian nation, the more understanding we will be of other faiths. It is why the Pope’s visit was so important for our country. And it is why I am proud that this year, for the first time, the Prime Minister held an Easter reception in Downing.”

The baroness is a unique personality in British politics. She is a practicing lawyer and the co-chairman of Britain’s Conservative Party.


She is a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Cabinet, the first female Muslim in such a position. A Yorkshire native born to Pakistani immigrants, she is the daughter of the founder of a bed manufacturing company. She has said her father’s success led her to adopting Conservative principles.

She ran for Parliament in 2005 and lost in in a tough campaign. In 2007 she was appointed Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and received the title “Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury.”

In 2007, she travelled to Sudan in Africa with liberal politician Lord Ahmed, and secured the release of a British citizen in the “Sudanese teddy bear blasphemy case.” A British citizen teaching at Unity High School had been jailed for insulting Islam after allowing her class to name a teddy bear Mohammed.


Gay rights campaigners have criticized her for opposing the lowering of the homosexual age of consent from 18 to 16 in 2000. She accused lib erals of “allowing schoolchildren to be propositioned for homosexual relationships” and said that homosexuality was being peddled to children as young as seven in schools.

In another incident, she went on record saying that the anti-immigration British National Party has “some very legitimate views. People who say ‘we are concerned about crime and justice in our communities – we are concerned about immigration in our communities.'”

In 2009 she was pelted with eggs by a group of Muslims who accused her of not being a proper Muslim for supporting Britain’s sending troops to Afghanistan.


In 2010 during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to England, she accused British liberals in the Labor government of regarding religion as “essentially a rather quaint relic of our pre-industrial history. They were also too suspicious of faith’s potential for contributing to society — behind every faith-based charity, they sensed the whiff of conversion and exclusivity,” she said. “And because of these prejudices they didn’t create policies to unleash the positive power of faith in our society.”

“Take it from me,” she writes in her column in the Telegraph, “there is nothing incompatible about a world of many religions and a world of strong, vibrant nation states.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Edet Itighise

    It is good to be factual & bold in defending the truth. Kudos.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jack Sember Lewis

    I wonder if she feels the same way about Jews. Would she risk assassination by Muslim crazies if she said so? JSL

  • Agunloye E.I

    Kudos to Baroness Sayeeda Hussain Warsi,You dont need to crry your religion on your head before we know you are a child of God,She reminds me of Late mother Theresa.In the whole book of Ester,God was not mentioned once.But we all know that God was in action concerning the plot of Hamman against Mordecai.By your fruit you shall be known, definitely not by your mosque or church.But on homosexuality,that is a cul-de-sac not recommended for any one.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Heather Marvin

    Wonderful to have a woman of faith in politics and one who is not afraid to say what she believes. Saying to Christians don’t be afraid to let your light shine, even in the face of opposition. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? “Let your light shine, don’t hide it.” Jesus said, and that brings Glory to God.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment illumine 1911

    Good for you Baroness Warsi !!

    Let your unbelieving politically-correct cabinet colleagues learn some common sense from you!!

Previous Posts

Former Muslim Wants to See Change   Author and former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke at the National Press Club on April 7th and said there needs to be five amendments to Islam. She said “individuals” within Islam today ...

posted 9:08:12am Apr. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Hispanics turning evangelical, Jews secular
Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical ...

posted 3:10:30pm Nov. 05, 2013 | read full post »

Billy Graham: I know where I'm going
“Daddy thinks the Lord will allow him to live to 95,” said Franklin Graham recently. It was not a prophecy but a hope, Franklin explained, ...

posted 10:02:01am Oct. 24, 2013 | read full post »

Are All These Christians' Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?
The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought ...

posted 2:41:26am Oct. 07, 2013 | read full post »

How can Christians defend themselves against today's random violence?
So, a crazed gunman opens fire and you’re caught in the middle. How can you survive? Heroes come in all sorts of packages. And they wield all sorts of defensive weapons. Such as guns and Jesus. Sometimes both at the same time. [caption ...

posted 2:53:48pm Sep. 27, 2013 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.