UK Church Leader: Christians in Britain Being 'Vilified'
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- 2012 Apr 19
April 19, 2012
In a submission to the European Court of Human Rights, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey said Christians in Britain were being "vilified" by the state and that they faced being "sacked" for their faith, Christian Today reports. Lord Carey's appeal was made in relation to four recent cases of British Christians who experienced disciplinary action at their jobs for expressing their faith -- two of which involved wearing a cross to work. "In a country where Christians can be sacked for manifesting their faith, are vilified by state bodies, are in fear of reprisal or even arrest for expressing their views on sexual ethics, something is very wrong," he said. "Christians are excluded from many sectors of employment simply because of their beliefs -- beliefs which are not contrary to the public good. ... It is now Christians who are persecuted, often sought out and framed by homosexual activists. Christians are driven underground. There appears to be a clear animus to the Christian faith and to Judeo-Christian values. Clearly the courts of the United Kingdom require guidance."