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Recalling her own religious upbringing in an Easter message, Theresa May stressed the importance of people speaking about their faith, adding: “And that absolutely includes their faith in Christ.”

She said: “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. 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. We should be confident about the role that Christianity has to play in the lives of people in our country. And we should treasure the strong tradition that we have in this country of religious tolerance and freedom of speech".

The most vociferous opponents of religion here in Ireland are on the hard left. To a man and a woman they believe in the absolute value of equality. They believe that every human being is of equal moral worth. Do they ever consider the origins of this belief?

Let’s quote a fellow atheist to them, namely the German philosopher and man of the left, Jürgen Habermas.

"Universalistic egalitarianism, from which sprang the ideals of freedom and a collective life in solidarity, the autonomous conduct of life and emancipation, the individual morality of conscience, human rights and democracy, is the direct legacy of the Judaic ethic of justice and the Christian ethic of love. This legacy, substantially unchanged, has been the object of continual critical appropriation and reinterpretation. To this day, there is no alternative to it. And in light of the current challenges of a postnational constellation, we continue to draw on the substance of this heritage. Everything else is just idle postmodern talk." (Jürgen Habermas)