The role of religion in the general election is far from straightforward. Politicians and the media need to recognise the diversity of religious engagement with politics on a much wider range of issues than they sometimes seem to notice.
Philip Lardner, Tory candidate for Ayrshire North and Aaron, recently argued that homosexuality is not “normal”. David Cameron immediately announced that he would be removed as a Conservative candidate.
David Cameron claims that the apparently homophobic remarks of two of his front bench team do not represent the Conservative Party's real attitudes to same-sex relationships. But his comments about “families” in yesterday's Leaders' Debate illustrate an attitude to society that still upholds only one type of relationship as the ideal.
As the Tory and Labour leaders prepare nervously for the second round of head-to-head combat tonight, there can be little doubt that they both plan to take advantage of the foreign policy focus of the debate by attacking the Liberal Democrats’ policy on Trident.