UK Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Comes Out As Atheist: I Don't Believe In God
Britain's Labour Party head Ed Miliband has come out as an atheist, making him the second such political leader in the UK to do so.
The Labour leader's atheism puts him in stark contrast to his predecessors Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, for whom religion was a central part of their lives. In an interview on Radio 5 Live, Mr Miliband was asked by presenter Nicky Campbell: "Do you believe in God?" The Labour leader replied: "I don't believe in God personally, but I have great respect for those people who do. Different people have different religious views in this country. The great thing is that, whether we have faith or not, we are by and large very tolerant of people whatever their view."Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the head of the Liberal Democrats, recently confirmed that he too is an atheist. Conservative Party leader David Cameron, who is Prime Minister of Britain's coalition government, claims to be religious but does not attend church regularly.
So two of the leaders of Britain's three largest political parties are atheists and the third isn't all that devout. Can you imagine if RNC head Michael Steele or DNC head Tim Kaine were to say the same?
(Tipped by JMG reader Glenn)