Chris­tian rights

The Church of England - - LETTERS - John Wain­wright, Pot­ters Bar

Sir, Now that an Elec­tion is ap­proach­ing it is in­ter­est­ing to note how the Party lead­ers are sud­denly notic­ing the con­tri­bu­tion that many Chris­tians make in the work­force, not least in the char­i­ta­ble and vol­un­tary sec­tors, but I shall judge them not by their po­lite words, but by their ac­tions.

I for one would be un­able to sup­port any can­di­date, ir­re­spec­tive of Party, who was un­will­ing to sup­port a mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the so-called Equal­ity laws so that they stop dis­crim­i­nat­ing against my broth­ers and sis­ters, and as a re­sult putting them at an eco­nomic and so­cial dis­ad­van­tage.

In­deed, this is­sue is the most im­por­tant one for me at the Elec­tion.

In­creas­ingly Chris­tians are hav­ing to choose be­tween fol­low­ing their con­science and los­ing their liveli­hood, or else pro­mot­ing val­ues and life­styles that go against it, whilst ill-in­formed judges in Courts or Em­ploy­ment Tri­bunals, who have lit­tle un­der­stand­ing of Faith, make judg­ments based on prej­u­dice and po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

One re­calls the Coali­tion gov­ern­ment’s claim, sup­ported by Labour, to the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights that the wear­ing of a cross was not ‘a gen­er­ally recog­nised form of prac­tis­ing the Chris­tian faith’ and that the free­dom to re­sign se­cures free­dom of reli­gion!

Whilst I ap­pre­ci­ate the dis­crim­i­na­tion is as noth­ing com­pared with the per­se­cu­tion in many other parts of the world, we as a coun­try call our­selves demo­cratic and have prided our­selves on hav­ing higher stan­dards of jus­tice! By the time this is read a judg­ment may have been given on the North­ern Ire­land Chris­tian bak­ery that was taken to court for re­fus­ing to make a cake pro­mot­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, but, ir­re­spec­tive of the re­sult, this case should never have been brought and has cre­ated a lot of stress for the own­ers.

Sadly this is just one ex­am­ple, and sad­der still, the Church lead­ers in the main don’t seem to be speak­ing out!

As the Elec­tion cam­paign seems so of­ten to be dom­i­nated by stings, sound­bites and smears, let us pray that Chris­tians will seek to un­der­stand the is­sues and then en­gage po­litely, ro­bustly and au­then­ti­cally with those stand­ing for of­fice and that peo­ple of in­tegrity will be elected. As for Elec­tion day it­self, which might be the only one when our neigh­bours visit our churches, why not pro­vide wel­com­ing re­fresh­ments and dis­play at­trac­tive non-par­ti­san posters declar­ing what we are about?

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