Congress members alert US Govt to ‘harassment’ of UK Christians

Mar 28, 2023 by

from The Christian Institute:

Christians in the UK face an “existential” threat to their basic freedoms, US legislators have warned.

Congressman Chip Roy, in a letter to the US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, said the UK is “on an unsettling path” to “state-sanctioned harassment of Christians”.

Backed by seven colleagues from the House of Representatives, Roy raised concerns about the impact of censorship zones around abortion clinics on free speech and religious freedom.

Freedoms violated

Roy told Ambassador Rashad Hussain that Public Spaces Protection Orders in the UK, designed to silence any “perceived disapproval of abortion” around clinics, permitted the “prosecution of Christians” for “simply expressing their pro-life and religious views”.

He cited the cases of Isabel Vaughan-Spruce and Roman Catholic priest Sean Gough, who were both arrested for praying in a censorship zone, as “specific examples of the British government’s violation of religious freedom”.

“Even more disturbing”, he added, “Parliament is considering legislation that would implement these anti-religious-freedom censorship zones around abortion facilities across all of England and Wales”.

The letter concluded by urging the Ambassador to raise such “creeping restrictions” with his counterparts in the UK.

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