And that brings me to my third point.
The Bible has helped to shape the values which define our country.
Indeed, as Margaret Thatcher once said, “we are a nation whose ideals are founded on the Bible.”
Responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion, humility, self-sacrifice, love”¦
”¦pride in working for the common good and honouring the social obligations we have to one another, to our families and our communities”¦
”¦these are the values we treasure.
Yes, they are Christian values.
And we should not be afraid to acknowledge that.
But they are also values that speak to us all ”“ to people of every faith and none.
And I believe we should all stand up and defend them.
Those who oppose this usually make the case for secular neutrality.
They argue that by saying we are a Christian country and standing up for Christian values we are somehow doing down other faiths.
And that the only way not to offend people is not to pass judgement on their behaviour.
I think these arguments are profoundly wrong.