1. Launching a report on religion’s impact on public life he said: ‘Faith is undoubtedly a force for good.’
2. Describing his own background he said: ‘My own family’s heritage is Muslim. Myself and my four brothers were brought up to believe in God, but I do not practise any religion. My wife is a practising Christian and the only religion practised in my house is Christianity.
‘I think we should recognise that Christianity is the religion of our country.’
3. Asked whether he reads the Quran he said: ‘No, but how many people call themselves Christian and visit a church? God and Allah are the same thing.’
4. Javid takes a firm line with Islam’s responsibility for terrorist attacks, saying it is ‘lazy’ and ‘wrong’ to suggest terror has nothing to do with Islam.
‘All communities can do more to try and help deal with terrorists, try and help track them down. But I think it is absolutely fair to say that there is a special burden on Muslim communities because whether we like it or not these terrorists call themselves Muslims. It is no good for people to say they are not Muslims, that is what they call themselves. They do try to take what is a great peaceful religion and warp it for their own means.’