New threat to evangelical Christians in the UK

Jul 29, 2017 by

Barnabas Fund editorial.

Recently, Barnabas Fund has drawn attention to the increasing hostility to evangelical Christians that has characterised some sections of the media and even some government institutions. Over the past 12 months we have seen Christian politicians asked overtly theological questions and attempts by some mainstream media in the recent UK general election to ”out” parliamentary candidates as Christians, declaring them “unfit” to hold public office because they held mainstream Christian beliefs such as believing in miracles.

In other words, a significant parallel is now developing between how gay people were treated by the press a generation or so ago, and the way that evangelical Christians are now being treated by the media and some sections of government.

One of the reasons for this is that the ideological beliefs of social liberalism are now being treated as a litmus test of social acceptability – not by society at large, but by a large part of the political and media class. Some social liberals are attempting to hijack the definition of extremism to foist their own sectarian ideology on wider society and brand anyone who disagrees with it, including evangelical Christians, as “extremists”.

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