Sunday, June 01, 2008

Christianity as "hate crime."

From the London Telegraph:

A police community support officer ordered two Christian preachers to stop handing out gospel leaflets in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham.

The evangelists say they were threatened with arrest for committing a "hate crime" and were told they risked being beaten up if they returned. The incident will fuel fears that "no-go areas" for Christians are emerging in British towns and cities, as the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, claimed in The Sunday Telegraph this year.

Arthur Cunningham, 48, and Joseph Abraham, 65, both full-time evangelical ministers, have launched legal action against West Midlands Police, claiming the officer infringed their right to profess their religion.

Mr Abraham said: "I couldn't believe this was happening in Britain. The Bishop of Rochester was criticised by the Church of England recently when he said there were no-go areas in Britain but he was right; there are certainly no-go areas for Christians who want to share the gospel."

1 comment:

Canon Tallis said...

The newspaper reports that an Oklahoman judge has called a recent take on judicial ethics a plot to advance the "homosexual agenda." It called upon lawyers and judges to not belong to any group who discriminated against the usual suspects, a list which included homosexuals. That would mean that all those claiming to be Christians who recognize that the Bible calls homosexual acts unacceptable would be off limits to the judicial profession.
This is plainly a very clever attempt to discriminate against Christians and the Church and something which we all should be aware of before we, too, are likewise victimized.