We can no longer simply say that we are a Christian country and therefore Christianity should play the lead role in public life. Such a view is rightly criticised as the desire to maintain unmerited privilege.
We need, first, to observe some ground rules. The Christian religion is a public one and no amount of theological wriggling or low-level secular bullying will change that. The fact and nature of its public life is determined, not by political expediency, but by the Gospel. Deviations from this basic point lead ultimately to spiritual death. - Nick Spencer, The Tablet (click below for full article)