Not persecuted….squeezed

Christians not persecuted in UK society, according to politicians

Christians are not being persecuted for their faith here in the UK, but Christianity is being squeezed out of public life and there are serious problems regarding the impact of equality legislation on religious belief. Furthermore, Christian campaigners against perceived discrimination have sometimes done more harm than good. These are some of the conclusions reached by Christians In Parliament, which is made up of MPs and peers from the three major parties and all Christian traditions. (Read more, Methodist Recorder, 1/3)
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4 Responses to Not persecuted….squeezed

  1. The increasing paranoia on the part of Christians in the UK is very encouraging. It leads me to believe that finally some progress is being made towards the elimination of religious privilege.

  2. kenbaker says:

    Hi Iconoclasticsceptic,

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Interested to see the phrase “religious privilege” in your comment. Do you mean “Christian privilege” or any religion in UK? (and which icons are you sceptical about?).

    Best wishes,


  3. Hi Ken,

    Christians do enjoy greater privileges than other religions in the U.K. Obvious example: the reservation of seats in the Lords for Bishops. State funded religious schools of several faiths are able to use religion to exclude kids from other faiths or of no faith – i.e. limit their choice of school. In a more subtle way, religious leaders enjoy privileged access to the media, and get to air their views on diverse issues where their expertise and right to comment is no greater than mine or the next person’s. An example would be Thought For The Day on Radio 4 in the UK where various pompous asses from a range of faiths get to lecture me over my breakfast cereal every morning. On an even less obvious level, the mere fact that mores of respect and tolerance dictate that we don’t fall about laughing at the gobbledegook that religious leaders and followers talk, undermines science and reason.

    You will be able to answer your second question by reading my blog regularly,

    all the best


    • kenbaker says:

      Hi Pete,

      Thanks for that:
      It’s true that the bishops sit in the House of Lords. Whether it’s a privilege or not is another matter! But it’s rather a historical anomaly, isn’t it? (And for how much longer?).

      Also, I must admit finding it odd hearing people commenting on something they know nothing about. But not just vicars. I heard Katie Price giving her opinion about the future of the Euro. I guess that religious leaders (amongst many others, of course) are given the “right to comment” on “Thought for the Day” (etc) partly because of the heritage of BBC radio in Reithian policies based on Philippians 4:8: “Whatsoever is pure and lovely….think on these things”. Apparently that verse still stands over the foyer of Broadcasting House. Another outdated anomaly?

      I’ll check out your blog (being similarly sceptical about iconoclasm).

      All the best,


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