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Oxford Imam Speaks Up on the Marginalisation of Christianity in the United Kingdom

April 10, 2010

Dr Taj Hargey, the Imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation: "Christianity is under siege in this country. Britain's national religion has never been so marginalised and derided by the public institutions that should be defending it."

Atheist: Christianity Might Be Bulwark Against Something Worse

April 6, 2010

Richard Dawkins, atheist and author of The God Delusion, said: “There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”

Worth reading: “In face of persecution from the chattering classes, Christians need to be as strident as Muslims”

March 29, 2010

UK Rt. Reverend and Rt. Hon Lord Carey Speaking Against The Marginalisation of the Faith

March 2, 2010

“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....

Bishop Deplores "Total Silence" with regard to Vandalism of Christian Sites

February 19, 2010

Mgr Michel Dubost, évêque d’Évry: “I am pleased to see how eagerly the government, politicians, the press and public opinion revolt when a mosque or a synagogue is attacked. I join those who denounce such crimes. But this general eagerness makes the total silence about the churches quite stunning... Personally, I cannot get used to these desecrations... If we have to scream, we will scream. After all, we too are citizens.”

Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, on Freedom of Religion in the UK

December 11, 2009

“The trouble with a lot of Government initiatives about faith is that they assume it is a problem, it’s an eccentricity, it’s practised by oddities, foreigners and minorities."

Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdö condemns all forms of intolerance and discrimination against Christians

October 1, 2009

"Vatican warns of growing Christianophobia"

August 29, 2009

Evang. Alliance: No Government Support for Religious Services

August 29, 2009

The Evangelical Alliance’s Head of Public Affairs Don Horrocks told Third Sector magazine that ministerial pledges of support for religious charities had so far come to nothing. In contrast to public pronouncements, Don Horrocks said that new measures such as the Equality Bill displayed prejudice towards Christian groups.

British writers warn in July 2009: Groups are gaining success in their campaign for a “state where religion is only allowed in private”

July 24, 2009

Get Another Career, MP Tells Public Sector Staff Facing Faith Dilemmas

June 13, 2009

According to the Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, public sector workers with faith convictions should “make different choices about their careers”.

Several people expressed concern about the BBC being biased against Christianity

April 22, 2009

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”.

MEP Mario Mauro on Discrimination against Christians in Europe

March 7, 2009

Mr. Mario Mauro, Member of the European Parliament and OSCE representative on freedom of religion said in his own press release, "The examples shown [at an OSCE Roundtable on Intolerance against Christians on March 4th, 2009]… prove that the discrimination against Christians occurs not only in countries where Christians are a minority, but that cases of intolerance and discrimination against Christian are present both East and West of Vienna, without counting the violent persecutions which affect Christian communities outside the OSCE area… There are several types of discriminations … intentional, when discrimination is motivated by an effective dislike of Christians, and unintentional, that is when some apparently neutral government rules result in unequal treatment for Christians." Mr. Mauro concluded by recalling the importance of ensuring freedom of religion, as well as guaranteeing the right to conscientious objection and also ensuring a full participation in public life by modifying legislation that provokes intolerance against Christians.

Harvard Researcher Edward Green on professional risks for non-Christians taking Christian standpoints in the Washington Post, March '09:

March 2, 2009

Tony Blair warns that Christians must speak out in 'aggressively secularist' age

March 1, 2009

Labour Secretary of State Deplores Political Correctness Targeting Christians

February 22, 2009

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."

"Faith Is Not An Optional Extra", says UK Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu

February 13, 2009

“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. ..."

UK House of Commons, February 09: Mr Jackson (Peterborough) calls for a debate on "systematic and institutional discrimination towards Christians".

February 1, 2009

UK: People Fear That Religious Freedom is at Risk

January 1, 2009