Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Christians Not Yet Persecuted, But Only Marginalized in the UK, says Carey

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has spoken out clearly about the marginalization of faith in the UK. The headline in the Telegraph reads as follows:

"Lord Carey: 'Strident and bullying campaign' to marginalise Christians in UK"
"Christians are being "bullied" out of public life in Britain while politicians fail to stand up for their beliefs, according to the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

"Lord Carey said there was a "strident campaign" by atheists to ban faith schools despite their pupils gaining good results.

Meanwhile "politically correct" councils go to "absurd" lengths to avoid causing offence to followers of other faiths by honouring the country's Christian heritage. Lord Carey, who was the spiritual leader of the Church of England between 1991 and 2002, said it was a "scandal and a disgrace" that politicians care so little about Britain remaining Christian.

In an address given at an event in Parliament organised by the Christian Broadcasting Council, Lord Carey spoke about the persecution encountered by churchgoers in many foreign countries.

He said he was "saddened" that Christians are often treated as "second-class citizens" in the Islamic world, while Muslims are free to build mosques in Britain.

The former archbishop conceded that Christians do not suffer the same plight in this country, but added that there is a concerted attempt to make them keep their beliefs hidden behind closed doors.

Lord Carey said: "What is happening in Western Europe is not persecution but a marginalising of faith which seeks to portray it as a matter of personal conscience only.

"Some examples of this originate from a mistaken but well-meant political correctness that is anxious not to upset minority faiths by seeming to 'privilege' Christianity.

"Hence the regular 'pantomime' every Christmas where some local Council or another absurdly gives Christmas another name."
Read it all here.

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