Christians have been hounded out of jobs and their values driven underground thanks to heavy-handed courts, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed.In a direct submission to the European Court of Human Rights, Lord Carey warned that worshippers were being ‘vilified’ and ‘driven underground’ by the judiciary and state.
His attack comes ahead of a landmark ruling on religious freedom by the Strasbourg court on September 4.
BA check-in clerk Nadia Eweida and nurse Shirley Chaplin claim they were discriminated against when their employers banned them from wearing crosses to work.
The court will also hear the cases of a Christian registrar who refused to conduct civil partnership ceremonies and counsellor Gary MacFarlane, sacked for admitting he would feel uncomfortable giving sex therapy to gay couples.
In a submission to the court, seen by the Daily Telegraph, Lord Carey said expressions of traditional Christian values had been ‘banned’ in Britain as the country became gripped by a ‘secular conformity of belief and conduct’.
‘Christians are excluded from many sectors of employment simply because of their beliefs; beliefs which are not contrary to the public good,’ he said.‘Christians are driven underground. There appears to be a clear animus to the Christian faith and to Judaeo-Christian values. Clearly the courts of the United Kingdom require guidance.’
British courts had failed to stand up for Christians in ‘case after case’, Lord Carey said.
And if the rules against wearing crosses and expressing beliefs are not overturned, Christians will face a ‘religious bar’ to jobs.
There was also a drive to ‘remove Judaeo-Christian values from the public square’ as courts have ‘consistently applied equality law to discriminate against Christians’.
People of faith were being treated as ‘bigots’, Lord Carey said, adding: ‘In a country where Christians can be sacked for manifesting their faith, are vilified by State bodies, are in fear of reprisal or even arrest for expressing their views on sexual ethics, something is very wrong.
‘It affects the moral and ethical compass of the United Kingdom’.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Worldwide Persecution Increasing
The ongoing story regarding Christian persecution is hard to find as most of the media outlets don't cover it, but persecution is increasing dramatically throughout the world. Just take a look at the most recent articles found on the main site by "Voice Of The Martyrs":
Matthew 24: 9-12 gives us perspective:
"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time, many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other. Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold..."
But we can also never forget this passage:
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Posted by Scott at Sunday, April 15, 2012