Local MP stirs up controversy with comments about ‘militant atheists’

Gary Streeter, Conservative MP for South West Devon has caused controversy with comments made during a Radio 4 interview with former Liberal Democrat MP and BHA Vice-president Dr Evan Harris. He claimed that it was Christians who lead efforts to help the poor and vulnerable in society and that the idea we need religion to be moral was offensive only to a minority of militant atheists. You can read more here.

In response, Professor Susan Blackmore, a distinguished supporter of the BHA who lives near Plymouth, has called upon him to apologise for suggesting Christians did more to help the needy than non-believers.