Thought I’d start a thread to document the culture wars.
'Christians have been hounded out of jobs and their values driven underground thanks to heavy-handed courts, a former Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed. Lord Carey said Christians are being treated like bigots and face the same sort of persecution homosexuals were once subjected to.
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.
‘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’.
Last week David Cameron called for a Christian ‘fightback’ in Britain. He cited Lord Carey’s warning that Christians were facing ‘gradual marginalisation’ after Bideford Council in Devon was banned by a court from opening its meetings with prayers.
His pledge to protect Christians was immediately undermined by a document prepared by the Home Office which said Christians should keep their faith private from the workplace.