U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has used her Easter video message to call for unity after Brexit, saying her Christian values should help bring the people together and fuel efforts to stand up for the victims of religious persecution all over the world.
On Easter Sunday, Theresa May delivered a message calling on the British people to draw on her Christian values for unity after Brexit. She also called on them to preserve religious tolerance and the freedom of speech and to help Christians and other minorities who do not enjoy the same freedoms, the Mirror relays.
"This Easter I think of those values that we share – values that I learnt in my own childhood, growing up in a vicarage ... Values of compassion, community, citizenship. The sense of obligation we have to one another," said May in her Easter message. "These are values we all hold in common – and values that are visibly lived out everyday by Christians – as well as by people of other faiths or none."
May's Easter message drew criticism from Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell, who previously made headlines by saying "we won't do God." In a statement to the Observer, he said May should get out more if she thinks that that Britain is united, especially after Brexit.
On Twitter, several people also slammed May's Easter message. One said contrary to what the Prime Minister is saying, Britain is actually "more divided than ever," The Huffington Post reports.
Another described May as "a tad deluded." Like the other critics, he said Brexit will only divide the country. Yet another mocked May's statement by joking that Brangelina, Trump and Kim Jong-un, and other unlikely pairs are also uniting.
Terry Sanderson, the President of the National Secular Society, issued a statement rebutting May's suggestion that Christians in the U.K. are losing their freedom of speech and religion. He pointed out that Britain is the only country with bishops in the Parliament and boasted that a third of their schools are Christian.