UK Minister: Britain Must Be Confident in Beliefs

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The British Cabinet Office minister, who is a Muslim, issued a strong warning about the growing secularization of the United Kingdom and Europe.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said Europeans need to embrace their Christian heritage.

In an article for the London Daily Telegraph, Warsi said that to create a "more just society," Britons must "feel stronger in their religious identities."

"The societies we live in, the cultures we have created, the values we hold and the things we fight for, all stem from centuries of discussion, dissent and belief in Christianity," she wrote.

"My fear today is that a militant secularization is taking hold of our societies. At its core and in its instincts, it is deeply intolerant. It demonstrates similar traits to totalitarian regimes," Warsi added.

Warsi saidc she doesn't want a theocracy and that people of different faiths should be able to accept each other and work together.

On Tuesday, Warsi led a British delegation to the Vatican, where she spoke about the "fear" of "marginalization" of religion throughout Britain and Europe.

She said faith needs "a seat at the table in public life."

--Originally aired on February 15, 2012

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