Discrimination Against Christians in Britain

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The Telegraph has a pretty interesting report today on various cases in Britain where Christians have been fired from their job and are claiming that the reason is anti-Christian bias.  For instance-

– Gary McFarlane, a 48 year-old Relate counsellor from Bristol, was sacked after refusing to work with same-sex couples.

– A Christian bed and breakfast owner was threatened with legal action for turning away a homosexual couple in March 2010.

– Dr Sheila Matthews, a Christian doctor, was told she would be removed from a council’s adoption panel because she refuses to recommend cases involving homosexual couples.

– A Christian nurse lost her case of religious discrimination against the hospital trust that employed her. Shirley Chaplin, a 54-year-old grandmother, was taken off wards and moved to a desk job after refusing to remove the crucifix that hangs around her neck.

Read the details in the report.  It can’t be argued that a climate of hostility to a Christian ethic doesn’t prevail in Great Britain.  If other groups were told to conform or regret it, one can hardly doubt that there would be more pushback.  But Christians are the only minority (and they really are a minority in spite of claims to the contrary- since true Christians and not just adherents of ‘Christendom’ are few in number) that it’s still ok to denigrate.

As goes Britain, so go the States (eventually).

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3 Responses to Discrimination Against Christians in Britain

  1. Rev Tony Buglass says:

    “As goes Britain, so go the States (eventually).”

    Interesting observation – it’s usually the other way round.

    Regarding Christians facing opposition or discrimination (persecution would be putting it way too strongly), ordinarily I’d say I was worried if we WEREN’T facing some opposition. However, it should be for the right reasons. The Bible-bashing hypocrite who loses his job because he’s bad at it can’t say he’s suffering for the Name. The nurse who insisted on wearing a cross was in breach of the same hygiene regulations as apply to anyone – metal jewellery can be an infection risk; when I had an operation a few years ago they asked me to take off my wedding ring, and when I couldn’t, covered it over with plasters. I object to special pleading.

    The issue of same-sex relationships or abortions could be relevant if the same steps were taken against Muslims. I wonder, however, whether it was really so impossible for another counsellor to take the case…

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  2. Craig Benno says:

    I would say that the way much of America religious believe Christianity is political…. you have already arrived.

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  3. Jon Hendry says:

    “Gary McFarlane, a 48 year-old Relate counsellor from Bristol, was sacked after refusing to work with same-sex couples.”

    Seems fair to me. If a Muslim or Jewish Home Economics teacher refused to mention ham or pork or bacon in cooking or nutrition lessons, I’d expect them to be fired also.

    Relate describes itself as “Counselling, sex therapy and relationship education supporting couple and family relationships throughout life”. Seems to me a trained professional ought to be able to put aside his personal preferences and beliefs and just do the job for same-sex couple clients who are seeking help just like the straight clients.

    If the guy refused to counsel mixed-race or mixed-faith or non-Christian couples for religious reasons, there wouldn’t be any discussion of whether he’s the one being discriminated against, nor would anyone credibly suggest that the employer is in the wrong.

    (And, I’m guessing, many of his hetero clients probably got up to plenty of sexual behavior he would find objectionable. I bet he dealt with couples where one or both partners had been adulterous. But I doubt he ever screened them for such behavior, or turned them away on that account.)

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