Saturday, April 14, 2012

Britain's Christians are being vilified, warns Lord Carey

     According to the Daily Telegraph, Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury says worshippers are being “vilified” by the state, treated as “bigots” and sacked simply for expressing their beliefs.
     In a written submission to the European Court of Human Rights before a landmark case on religious freedom, the former leader of more than 70 million Anglicans warns that the outward expression of traditional conservative Christian values has effectively been “banned” in Britain under a new “secular conformity of belief and conduct”.  
     His comments represent one of the strongest attacks on the impartiality of Britain’s judiciary from a religious leader.
     He says Christians will face a “religious bar” to employment if rulings against wearing crosses and expressing their beliefs are not reversed.
     Lord Carey argues that in “case after case” British courts have failed to protect Christian values. He urges European judges to correct the balance.
     The hearing, due to start in Strasbourg on Sept 4, will deal with the case of two workers forced out of their jobs over the wearing of crosses as a visible manifestation of their faith. It will also take in the cases of Gary McFarlane, a counsellor sacked for saying that he may not be comfortable in giving sex therapy to homosexual couples, and a Christian registrar, who wishes not to conduct civil partnership ceremonies.

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