The government wants to force all public officeholders to swear an equality oath.
Under these plans school governors, civil servants and councillors would have to take the oath to support “British Values”. British Values – so called – are clearly NOT Christian values.
It could also apply to people working in the NHS, candidates for parliament and who knows who else.
This scheme is a very dangerous idea which could result in Christians being unable to serve in vast areas of public life!
The equality agenda (or the way it is interpreted clearly targets Christians and stigmatises them. Numbers of Christians in the UK have already been hauled through the courts or lost their jobs through this ill-considered legislation.
The Equality Commission in Northern Ireland has pursued the Ashers Baking Company relentlessly. In just the same way we have seen how Ofsted has promoted same-sex marriage by using the “British Values” rules.
The idea for the new equality oath comes from Dame Louise Casey’s review into integration and extremism and has been backed by the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.
Dame Louise Casey has protested against religious conservatism, saying that Roman Catholic Schools should not be allowed to oppose same-sex marriage.
There is a saying from G Orwell’s Animal Farm that “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”
It does seem that in applying the rules (whatever they may be) various authorities are much more concerned about the rights of various pressure groups than those of Christians.
This smells to me of Liberal humanists, atheists and other groups with their own agenda making up their minds to target Christian groups and weaken or close down all genuine Christian witness in our nation. … See Dame Casey and R C Schools above … So … where do we go from here.
We should contact our MP and ask him/her to oppose plans to bring in the Equality Oath, and to stand for the right of Christians to serve in public office. Find your MP.
What next is on the liberal/humanist/atheist/pagan agenda – and why do they target Christians and not other religious people?
Watch this space!