Bishop: ‘It’s the secularists that have a problem’ with Christians – premier

 

 

Some good comments by the Bishop  of Leeds.

Ahy should we keep our traps shut? No one else does!

Some Christians feel so ‘picked on’ that they are fearful to speak about their faith in public anymore, the Bishop of Leeds has said.

Source: Bishop: ‘It’s the secularists that have a problem’ with Christians – premier

 

Bishop: ‘It’s the secularists that have a problem’ with Christians

Thu 01 Dec 2016

By Antony Bushfield

Some Christians feel so “picked on” that they are fearful to speak about their faith in public anymore, the Bishop of Leeds has said.

Rt Rev Nick Baines warned that some secularists “have a problem” with religion being talked about and it was making many believers too scared to talk about Christ.

Some Christians feel “picked on” by “intolerant” liberalism in the UK, he warned.

His comments come just a day after Prime Minister Theresa May said it is important people can talk freely about their faith following claims some Christians dare not speak about Christmas.

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Bishop Nick told the Press Association: “Clearly there are some Christians who are concerned about whether they are free to talk about their faith in a respectful and appropriate way in the workplace.

“Equally, there are plenty of people who are not Christians who think that Christians shouldn’t, or think there is an issue around it. I call it religious illiteracy.

“There are people who have been disciplined or threatened with discipline for talking about their faith even though they have been asked about it. Someone makes a complaint and says they have been inappropriate. This is absurd.”

He added: “There is, amongst some Christians – this isn’t universal – a sense of being a little picked on or beleaguered.

“I think if you claim to be open-minded and liberal, why are you so frightened of religious expression?”

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The bishop said that relations between different religious communities are good and he suggested it was some secularists that were creating issues.

This can end up in some people trying to strip the religion out of Christmas, he said.

“The joke with all of this is that most people of other faiths have absolutely no problem with anyone talking about their faith. It’s the secularists that have a problem,” he said.

“It is a Christian festival. Are they going to tell Muslims they have got to strip Islam out of Eid? It’s just ludicrous.”

And he warned that Britain has become a liberal society where some people believe you are only acceptable if you accept liberalism.

“And liberalism can become very intolerant of anything that doesn’t fit its own parameters,” he added.


 

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2 thoughts on “Bishop: ‘It’s the secularists that have a problem’ with Christians – premier

  1. Paul Braterman

    “Bishop Nick told the Press Association: “Clearly there are some Christians who are concerned about whether they are free to talk about their faith in a respectful and appropriate way in the workplace. Equally, there are plenty of people who are not Christians who think that Christians shouldn’t, or think there is an issue around it. I call it religious illiteracy.”

    What evidence is there for these claims? I hope we can agree that pestering a fellow-worker about one’s Christianity (or, by the same token, one atheism) is at best bad manners and at worst harassment. More generally, there are some subjects, like religion, politics, and football, where discussion should be sensitive to the strength of feelings that can be aroused, but I have not heard of a special problem with Christianity.

    My own experience, for what it’s worth, is that Christian institutions often presume that they have a special licence to offer moral guidance, and complain of persecution from those who say that their opinions should be treated just like everyone else’s.

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  2. ian palmer

    Michael, re the statement in the blog: “I think if you claim to be open-minded and liberal, why are you so frightened of religious expression?” I was recently run over by this bus, and it was a total surprise. In an evolution website, I gave an example of what i interpreted to be divine intervention in a cancer situation, and got hammered. My interpretation of the “miracle” was attacked, my belief in God was attacked, even my physics degree was attacked. I stayed respectful in my comments, but the other side certainly didn’t. This kind of attack has never before happened to me in 40 years of living in the USA. The brief story is in http://www.IanDexterPalmer.com. Thanks for your blogging, I enjoy your thoughts.

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