Against anti-Christian prejudices | Jamie Gillies


A potential parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats is take legal action against his local association for “intimidation and harassment” on the basis of his religious beliefs. Professor Christian David Campanale, who left a successful career as a BBC World Service journalist to enter politics, told the Mail on Sunday that he was “humiliated, ostracized and punished” by party members who were conspire to have he was deselected as a candidate for Sutton and Cheam, south London.

Intolerance towards Christians is not the preserve of one party

Mr Campanale alleges he was branded a “Christian lunatic” for saying he would vote with his conscience on abortion. Another party official allegedly told him that former Lib Dem leaders who identified as Christians, Shirley Williams and Charles Kennedy, are “dead” and “in the past”. The lawyer representing Mr Campanale said the treatment he ‘encountered at the hands of liberal democrats in Sutton and Cheam is not only shocking, it is the canary in the mine of liberal democracy’.”.

The full and disturbing details of his treatment are exposed in an interview that Mr. Campanale made with Early Christianity magazine. He alleges: “I was summoned to the honorary president, where I was told that I was going have a discussion of my personal beliefs. I was asked beforehand: “Are you ready for the Spanish Inquisition?” The were 30 people thereand I was led to a chair in the bay window. I was then subjected to a two-hour interrogation on my Christian opinions.”

Campanale adds:

While I was there people were mocking me and saying, “I guess you think you’re persecuted, like Jesus was?” One person said “you’re a liar”, because I have not revealed my Christian beliefs… This group of people have said: “we do do not accept your right to a conscience” — they or they said it to my face. One of them even said, “You’ve blinded us. If I had known your Christian beliefs, I would never have have accepted that you are pre-selected”.

It all looks more like Soviet Russia than the suburbs of Sutton and Cheam.

Reports of Christians being harangued by the Liberal Democratic Party are unfortunately not new. The public will remember a similar situation campaign of intolerance against former leader Tim Farron a few years ago. He was ousted from office because of his orthodox beliefs about marriage and sexuality. It is hard to imagine a Muslim, a Jew Where Sikh believer who ascribes the exact same beliefs about these things being treated in this way, exposing an almighty and sinister double standard.

Of course, intolerance towards Christians is not the preserve of one party. I know people involved in the Conservative Party, Labour, Greens and SNP who also witness a very difficult culture for Christians. News articles about politicians show why. They sometimes carry singular warnings: such and such a person is an MP and a “born-again Christian”.”. This or that person opposes abortion because of their Faith. Again, people of other faiths do not receive this type of criticism. It’s targeted.

A broader culture also testifies to the rise of anti-Christian sentiment. A number of high-profile court cases in recent years have Christians involved being wrongly arrested, dragged to court for refusing to endorse political slogans Where fired for disregarding awakened dictates. This month Glasgow City Council was ordered to pay £100,000 to the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham for canceling his reservation at a big venue in the city. In court, it emerged that a green MSP had requested the annulment.

As a Christian myself, all of this saddens me. Wherever we stand on faith, I hope we can agree that it’s wrong. Picking a certain group for unfair treatment is contrary to the liberal and democratic ideals around which our society is meant to unite. The strength of our democracy lies in the affirmation of essential freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, religious freedom, freedom of conscience. When we neglect these things or hold back their for some people, our culture is withering.

Influencers caricature believers as fanatics and dinosaurs

It is also perplexing. Christian beliefs about the world are hardly a new thing. The Christian worldview is fundamental in the cwalk inies-long development of the West. As the historian Tom Holland noted, the water we swim in as a culture is uniquely Christian, whether we want to admit it or not. Why do modern progressives, who subscribe to beliefs invented five minutes ago in historical terms, are considered normaland Imbued Christians 2000 years of rigorously tested belief are seen as an eccentric aberration?

Intolerance towards Christians is not only unjust. It’s counterproductive. It is an undeniable fact that during the cwalk incommitted christian have contributed a lot to British culture. The campaign to end the slave trade in the 1700s was led by evangelical believer William Wilberforce. Josephine Butler defended women’s rights and opposed sexual exploitation in the late 19th centurywalk iny. Lord Shaftsbury pushed for seismic social changes benefiting the working class.

Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the voluntary hospice movement in the 20th cwalk iny, was a Christian. Many charities and philanthropic organizations were basedand are still operated by Christians. This doesn’t even scratch the surface of the positive Christian impact over the decades. All these actions were inspired directly, and not in isolation, by personal Christian conviction. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is Transformativeand that leads people to live in a radically new way.

By seeking to honor Christ, who gave his life so that sinful human beings might be forgiven, Christians obey his commandments. It means, among other things, to love their neighbors like themselvesves (Matthew 22:37-39), seek justice (Micah 6:8), standing up for the vulnerable and oppressed (Psalm 82:3) and pray for and respect authorities (1 Timothy 2:2). To this extent, Christianity encourages good citizenship.

A potential driver of anti-Christian sentiment is religious illiteracy, which has increased as the UK becomes increasingly secularized. Faith-hating influencers also seek to caricature believers as fanatics and dinosaurs. This should be challenged. This does not correspond to the hundreds of Christians I know in my family and in wider circles, who are in no way motivated by hatred. Patient and respectful dialogue between people can help to understand Christian beliefs – but it takes two willing parties for it to succeed.


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