Cherie Blair,the wife of former British premier Tony Blair,has said that Christians are being marginalised in the United Kingdom.
Cherie,a lawyer and committed Catholic,said few believers liked to discuss their faith openly,echoing comments by her husband who said he avoided speaking about religion while Prime Minister,for fear of being labelled a nutter.
Her comments were made as part of the Channel 4 series Christianity,in which she analyses the future of the religion in the UK.
She spoke of her disappointment at the apparent terminal decline of Christianity. Everywhere you look today churches are being closed,Christians are often being marginalised and faith is something few people like to discuss openly, she was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
According to the report in the British daily,Cherie lamented that women were virtually invisible in the public face of Christianity and that its failure to recover from the social changes of the 1960s was one of its fundamental weaknesses.
Until the traditional churches fully resolve their relationship with the female half of the population,how can they expect Christianity to have a future in the modern world? she asked.