Cameron and Chris­tians

The Church of England - - Letters -

Sir, Je­sus en­cour­aged his dis­ci­ples to be as ‘in­no­cent as doves,’ but also ‘as wise as ser­pents’ (Matthew 10:16) and fol­low­ing the lat­ter in­junc­tion, main­stream Chris­tians are not likely to be taken in by David Cameron’s over­tures to his present day fol­low­ers.

Whilst wel­com­ing his sup­port for per­se­cuted Chris­tians in the Mid­dle East and for main­tain­ing the Over­seas Aid budget, they will be more crit­i­cal in re­gard to poli­cies which may have led to more people be­com­ing de­pen­dent on food banks.

What is more, there re­mains con­cern about the con­tin­u­ing fail­ure to prop­erly recog­nise mar­riage in the tax sys­tem, the pro­mo­tion in­stead of so-called ‘Gay Mar­riage,’ and also by the Govern­ment’s man­i­fest fail­ure to ac­com­mo­date the con­science of Chris­tians in the workplace. For people los­ing their jobs or fail­ing to be pro­moted on ac­count of their Faith, talk about ‘triple locks’ is ut­terly mean­ing­less! Again, if David Cameron were re­ally sin­cere in his pro­nounce­ment why has his Govern­ment side­lined the teach­ing of RE and stopped bur­saries for trainee specialist teach­ers in this short­age sub­ject?

Though in the past I have been a Con­ser­va­tive sup­porter I have now un­hesi­tat­ingly thrown in my lot with the Chris­tian Peo­ples Al­liance, a Party with a strong so­cial con­cern for the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety as well as one which be­lieves that gen­uine equal­ity and hu­man rights must ap­ply to Faith com­mu­ni­ties as much as to their sec­u­lar op­po­nents.

John Wain­wright, Pot­ters Bar

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