‘Britain’s a cold place for Christians’ says Bishop

Mounting equality laws have made Britain a “cold place for Christians”, according to a senior Bishop.

The Bishop of Winchester, Rt Revd Michael Scott-Joynt, made his comments in a foreword for a new report published by CARE (Christian Action Research and Education).

The Bishop wrote: “The sad fact is that Britain – which owes so much to its Christian heritage – is increasingly becoming a ‘cold’ place which, as any reflection on the fruit of Christian good works will demonstrate, is not in the general interest of society.”

He said there appeared to be a concerted attack on the rights of Christians and when there were clashes, the rights of other groups triumphed.

The new report, which is the first of two key reports from the CARE Equalities Series, comes in response to religious liberty concerns surrounding two pieces of proposed legislation.

The Government’s new Equality Bill and the EU Equal Treatment Directive both threaten to make life even more difficult for Christians, CARE says.

The report explores the growing political pressures for Christians to keep their faith private amid the introduction of more and more ‘equality’ laws.

It cites a number of recent cases where Christian freedoms in the UK have been restricted.

It mentions Lillian Ladele, a Christian registrar who was told by her employer she must perform homosexual civil partnerships or face dismissal.

The case of Jennie Cain is also cited. Mrs Cain is a part-time school receptionist. She was reprimanded because she asked friends to pray about an incident involving her little girl being scolded at the school for talking about her faith.

The CARE report commemorates the work of William Wilberforce and celebrates the 175th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

The author of the report, Dr Dan Boucher, commented: “It is extraordinary that at the very time the Government has introduced its Equality Bill – with all its negative implications for faith – we are about to celebrate the 175th anniversary of one of the greatest achievements of the public manifestation of faith in the history of the UK, the release of all British colonial slaves.”

Nola Leach, CARE’s Chief Executive, said: “We hope this first report in the CARE Equalities Series will help politicians and policy shapers understand the unfortunate impact of recent equalities laws on Christians and the imperative for change.

“Britain can benefit from the manifestation of Christian belief just as much today as it did in 1834 when the slaves were liberated, but our laws must be fit for purpose.

“We also hope that the report will be widely read by Christians and that it will help them gain a greater understanding of the impact of recent equalities legislation, the Equality Bill currently before Parliament and the very considerable way in which public Christianity has benefited the UK in the past.”

Gay porn ‘art’ show helps us police say

Friday, 10 July 2009

Police have praised organisers of a taxpayer-funded gay art exhibition featuring pornographic images for helping to promote respect for homosexuals.

The exhibition, at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, has been criticised by church leaders and family campaigners.

But police diversity officers say the show is doing them a favour by raising awareness of gay issues.

When the event’s organisers told Strathclyde Police that pornographic gay artwork would be on display, they received warm and congratulatory feedback from the force’s diversity unit.

An email between two of the organisers has emerged, revealing that one police officer even expressed his eagerness to take his own children to view the controversial sh[OUT] exhibition.

According to the email, one of the organisers discussed the “most eyebrow-raising” works with the officer, who said “they all sounded fine”.

The email continued: “He also added that the show and outreach programme are doing a favour for the police as they are also in the business of raising awareness and respect for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) folk.”

Another email reveals that police officers admitted it would “only be if a member of the public complained that they would even bother to investigate” – but the organisers suggested they would be okay as long as sufficient warnings about the material were displayed.

According to the Daily Mail the Christian campaign group CARE for Scotland has written to George Hamilton, Assistant Chief Constable at Strathclyde Police, claiming it “may be considered lewd and libidinous behaviour” to allow children to view the material on display.

A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church in Glasgow said: “It seems incredible that the police would be so keen to promote an exhibition which clearly contains offensive, vulgar and disgraceful material.”

The exhibition, part of a £240,000 campaign to raise awareness of homosexuality, features explicit images of sex and sexuality, including one photo of two men engaged in an obscene act. The exhibition is open to all people of all ages – the only exception is that children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult.

Strathclyde Police Chief Inspector Jane Black said: “Strathclyde Police has not been involved in the promotion of this exhibition. However, the force is involved with partner agencies in providing access to police services and raising awareness of issues faced by the LGBT community.”