According to the Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, public sector workers with faith convictions should “make different choices about their careers”.
Jonathan Wynne-Jones, a national newspaper journalist, warned that the frequent television portrayals of Christians as absurd make it more difficult for believers to defend themselves. Writing on his blog Mr Wynne-Jones warned that a spate of recent storylines in a number of soaps had sent the clear message that “Christians are nutters”.
British Labour MP and Secretary of State for Labour Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears speaks up against the "creeping tendency" of political correctness which has led to Christians being targeted for practising their beliefs: "the pendulum has swung too far."
“Asking Christians to leave their belief in God at the door of their workplace is akin to asking them to remove their skin colour before coming into the office. Faith in God is not an addon or optional extra. For me, my trust in God is part of my DNA; it is central to who I am and defines my place in the world… there is a deep irony at work here, and not simply because the first free schools and hospitals operating in this nation were run by churches in our land. ..."
In a newspaper interview Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, said Christians “get more knocks” than other groups from the BBC. “They see themselves as holding the flag for Britain and that Britain is definitely secular and atheist,” he said. “I want them to have their say but not to lord it over the rest of us.” When asked about the reported anti-Christian bias of the BBC Dr Sentamu said: “We get more knocks, they can do to us what they dare not do to the Muslims. We are fair game because they can get away with it.”
Mr Thompson, the head of the BBC said in October 2008 that Christianity ought to get rougher treatment than other religions such as Islam. He said minority religions are often associated with an ethnic identity and are less integrated.
The former BBC presenter Don Maclean claimed that the BBC is keen on programmes which attack churches, and that there was a wider secularist campaign “to get rid of Christianity”.
Bel Elton, scriptwriter and author: "There is no doubt about it, the BBC will let vicar gags pass but they would not let imam gags pass. I believe that part of it is due to the genuine fear that the authorities and the communities have about provoking the radical elements of Islam".
"Jesus said to disciples to turn „the other cheek“ if they got hit on one. But he also asked those who hit him unjustly: „Why did you hit me?“ Christians in Europe are beginning to ask their allegedly very toleranted opponents: Why are you hitting the Church, and us? Are we doing anything evil by defending the family, unborn life, by helping Europe to have children, which are the future?"
"...I call for the emergence of a positive secularism, that is to say a secularism which, while ensuring freedom of thought, freedom to believe and not to believe, freedom which does not consider religions a danger, but rather an asset."
“Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.” (G.K. Chesterton, 1847-1936)
Cardinal Ratzinger in 2004: God had been pushed "very much into the margins .... In politics, it seems to be almost indecent to speak about God, almost as it were an attack on the freedom of someone who doesn't believe. ... A secularism which is just, is one of freedom of religion. The state does not impose a religion, but rather provides free space to those religions with a responsibility to civil society."
"Discrimination against Christians and members of other religions is a subject of particular relevance for the OSCE, a region with an extensive Christian tradition in general but one where historically all kinds of persecution and discrimination have also taken place against Christians, be they Catholic, Protestant since Luther’s reform or members of the orthodox church. (...)"
"Across the OSCE region, Christians and members of other religions face restrictions on their religious freedom. Problems include discrimination against individuals in the workplace and public services, defamation campaigns against minority religious groups, improper denial of legal status, the disruption or prohibition of worship even in private homes, censorship of religious literature, and imprisonment of those who object to military service on religious grounds."
Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, in an interview with the Italian magazine Il Timone, August 5, 2019
Annie Genevard in Le Figero, 2 April 2019
Annie Genevard, MP, Republicans Party, in an interview in Le Figaro, April 2, 2019
"Naturally, it is not an anti-Christian persecution, it would be nonsense to call it this. But there are probably some areas of life - and not a few of them – in which it takes courage to admit to being a Christian. Above all, there is a growing danger of conformed forms of Christianity, which are received by society in a friendly manner as more ‘humane’ and which are juxtaposed with the alleged fundamentalism of those who are not willing to be streamlined in such a way. The danger of a dictatorship of opinion is growing and those who do not share the common view are cast aside. So, as a result, also good people dare not admit that they oppose. Any future anti-Christian dictatorship would probably be much more subtle than what we previously knew. It will seemingly be religion-friendly, but only until its behaviour and thought patterns will not be questioned.”