In the United Kingdom, the policy seems to be that people can do whatever they like against Christianity – criticize it or blaspheme the name of Christ – as long as they do not insult Islam. It is sad because this country is based on civil and religious liberty for all. When Queen Victoria was on the throne, the secret behind England’s greatness was its open scriptures and open Bible. Today, that policy is being hammered into the ground, and that concerns me greatly for the years and months that lie ahead.
Whilst being biased towards a Christian ethos and ethic, Mr Simpson does have a valid point. Christians are being persecuted increasingly in the UK, and we only have to look out the back of our own back door to see the evidence.
Only recently has a Doctor been hammered for sharing his faith in an open conversation with a patient and a driver tried for having a cross on the dashboard of a company van (yet, might I add, a Muslim driver was allowed to have a verse from the Quran stamped on her dashboard of the same company). Other memorable instances of ‘Christian Persecution’ were of a couple who exercised their free speech right in airing their views that homosexual couples should not be allowed to adopt children. And even more memorable was the famous ‘BA Lady’, who was struck off for wearing a cross to work.
Whilst Christians in the UK have no right to complain at the degree of persecution they face in light of what other Christians are going through in the world, this is just a wedge in the door for people to see how far they can push and get away with it. It does seem the the Government have a ‘Lets be overly sensitive to other faiths (especially Islam) but let’s strip Christianity of all it’s free speech and free expression rights’ policy.
It seems like a load of double standards going on to me. But I often wonder whether it’s more than that. Are there any hidden politics going on behind the scenes that we don’t know about? I don’t know. But what I do know is that Christians are constantly feeling pressured, forced, and persecuted for ‘speaking out for Jesus’ on certain issues, even if it means placing a small cross on a dashboard of a van. Ludicrous.
I’m sure people will have something to say on this matter…
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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