In the past decade, Britain, and indeed much of Europe, has been on a seemingly never-ending journey toward “equality.” “Equality is not negotiable. It is an absolute,” the supporters have declared, as more and more areas of life have been subjected to the ever-increasing grasp of “equality” legislation. Beginning with a small clause in the Amsterdam Treaty of 1997, the drive towards non-discrimination has grown exponentially in recent years, with many wondering where it will all end. First employment, then the provision of goods and services, and recently a public-sector requirement to actively promote “equality” and prevent “discrimination.”
And who have been the people discriminated against and marginalized in this quest for “equality”? The answer has undoubtedly been Christians.
But why have Christians been the ones to suffer at the hands of non-discrimination laws? Surely “Britain is a Christian country,” as Prime Minister David Cameron recently stated. Surely “people should be proud of their Christianity and able to express it as they wish,” as former Prime Minister Tony Blair once remarked.
The reason that Christians are not tolerated in Britain today is because, despite the occasional lofty claim by a political leader, what is enacted by parliament and then interpreted by the judiciary is altogether different. In reality, Christians are told that because we all live in a supposedly modern and tolerant society, any views that are considered intolerant can no longer be tolerated.
Aside from being self-evidently absurd, this attitude continues to have a profound effect on the lives of many religious believers. In the name of tolerance and non-discrimination, Christians have been dismissed from work, investigated by the police, and had their charitable organizations shut down.