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So they say...

"If [Cameron] really believed all this, then despite my 'don't do God' approach to life, I would have no problem with it. My 'don't go Goddery' was never anti-faith, it was more a reflection that unlike in the US British people are suspicious of politicians who seek to tie their religion to their politics."

Alastair Campbell on David Cameron's recent pronouncements on faith.


"At first I fought against my image of smiley compassion and small talk, but I've accepted it now and even learned to bake bread. Inside I'm seething, and wish I could tell everyone to eff off, from the sniping parishioners to the controlling bishops."

An anonymous vicar's wife in the Guardian's 'What I'm really thinking' column.


"My girl even asked afterwards, 'Is that weird if Jesus comes on stage?' They're like, 'No. We do plays all the time. People play Jesus. You know what's awesome about Christianity? We're allowed to portray God. We're allowed to draw an image of  him. We're allowed to make movies about him. Other religions, you're not allowed to do that. That's what's really awesome about Christianity. That's one of the really awesome things."

The singer Kanye West on using a 'Jesus impersonator' on stage in his shows.


"So it is your joining a church, rather than starting to believe in God, that is so disappointing. You were always an intelligent, freethinking, rather independent person, and I can't quite get over you joining such a conforming and didactic organisation."

'Alison' in a 'A letter to … my husband, who has 'found God', also in the Guardian.


"It was weird because I'm not being blasphemous, I just meant 'I wish I could run across water and see you', but maybe wishing for the power of God was blasphemous enough for them."

The singer Eliza Dolittle on having been asked by the BBC to change some lyrics for a radio show. She had to change the wording from 'Sometimes I wish I was Jesus, I'd get my Air Max on and run across the sea for you' to 'Sometimes I wish it was easy to get my Air Max on and run across the sea for you'