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More English Anti-Christian Bigotry

May 4, 2010

Will England become the first contemporary Western nation to fully criminalise Christianity? It sure seems to be heading that way. I have recorded one case after another of growing anti-Christian fanaticism in the UK. Much of it comes from the forces of political correctness, activist judiciaries, and militant homosexual activists.

The latest episode is just as appalling as previous examples. It has gotten to the place that to simply mention the ‘H’ word in anything other than a fully positive sense is now a criminal offence. The tiny homosexual minority has managed to hold the entire nation to ransom, and anyone who dares to think otherwise is being hounded down by the heavy hand of the law.

This is called the making of a police state, and we are all witnessing it happen right before our very eyes. Here is how the Daily Mail reports on this newest case of anti-Christian bigotry:

“A Christian was arrested and treated like a ‘common criminal’ after saying that he thought homosexuality was a sin. Street preacher Dale Mcalpine was held in a cell for seven hours and charged with a public order offence after telling a gay police community support officer that homosexuals were going against the will of God.

“But yesterday the 42-year- old said he would fight to have the charge – usually used to tackle rioters or football hooligans  –  dismissed. Mr Mcalpine was talking to shoppers and handing out leaflets when he was allegedly warned he was committing an offence by PCSO Sam Adams – who introduced himself as his force’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender liaison officer. When he continued preaching, Mr Mcalpine was arrested while debating his views with a passer-by.”

The Telegraph adds these details to the story: “The 42-year-old Baptist, who has preached Christianity in Workington, Cumbria for years, said he did not mention homosexuality while delivering a sermon from the top of a stepladder, but admitted telling a passing shopper that he believed it went against the word of God.”

Thankfully a handful of English commentators have offered a bit of sanity on this issue. Once again non-Christian writer Melanie Phillips has spoken out on this travesty. (If only more Christians would be just as vocal and committed in defending Christian freedoms!). Said Phillips,

“And so we have the oppressive and sinister situation where a gentle, unaggressive Christian is arrested and charged simply for preaching Christian principles. It would appear that Christianity, the normative faith of this country on which its morality, values and civilisation are based, is effectively being turned into a crime.

“Surreally, this intolerant denial of freedom is being perpetrated under the rubric of promoting tolerance and equality – but only towards approved groups. Never has George Orwell’s famous satirical observation, that some people are more equal than others, appeared more true.”

Phillips notes the recent history of PC victims in the UK: “There is a long and growing list of British Christians who have been harassed by the police, sacked or otherwise fallen foul of authority simply for upholding their religious beliefs.

“Pensioners have found the police on their doorstep accusing them of ‘hate crime’ for objecting to their council about a gay pride march or merely asking if they could distribute Christian leaflets alongside the gay rights literature.

“A preacher who went around with a placard denouncing homosexuality was prosecuted even though he was the victim of an assault by onlookers who threw soil and water over him. In the field of employment, Christians have been suspended or sacked for refusing to officiate at civil partnership ceremonies or place children for adoption with gay couples and for wearing a cross or praying with patients for their recovery.

“Many of these cases involve the issue of homosexuality since this is the principal area where orthodox Christian beliefs cannot co-exist with the law. This is in contrast to other contentious issues such as abortion, where the law specifically provides exemptions for conscience.

“This is because unlike the specific and limited issue of abortion, the militant gay rights agenda represents an attack on the entire value system of our society by destroying the very idea that any sexual behaviour is normal. Anyone who says homosexuality is not normal is, therefore, thrown to the wolves as a bigot.”

She mentions the recent case of the Tory parliamentary candidate Philip Lardner who was attacked by his own party for daring to mention the ‘H’ word: “He said churches should not be forced to have practising homosexual clergy and Christians should not be penalised for politely saying that homosexuality is ‘wrong’. He also said that he would always support the rights of homosexuals to be treated fairly and to live as they wanted in private, but he would not accept that their behaviour was ‘normal’ or encourage children to indulge in it.

“For this expression of traditional Christian – and, indeed, liberal – values, he was not only deselected as a Tory candidate at the speed of light on the grounds that his remarks were ‘deeply offensive and unacceptable’, but suspended from his job as a primary school teacher. As Lardner has angrily observed, it appears that Christian views are no longer acceptable within the Conservative party.”

That is part of the reason why the soon-to-be-held English elections are such a debacle. The opposition party is not really much of an opposition party at all, but is simply aping much of the PC agenda of the Labour Party. Indeed, David Cameron seems more pro-homosexual than Gordon Brown!

Another important commentary on this tragic case of Christian-bashing comes from Peter Hitchens, the brother of famous atheist Christopher Hitchens. He gets straight to the point in his opening remarks:

“Revolutions do not always involve guillotines or mobs storming palaces. Sometimes they are made by middle-aged gentlemen in wigs, sitting in somnolent chambers of the High Court. Sometimes they are made by police officers and bureaucrats deciding they have powers nobody knew they had, or meant them to have.

“And Britain is undergoing such a revolution – quiet, step-by-step, but destined to have a mighty effect on the lives and future of us all. The Public Order Act of 1986 was not meant to permit the arrest of Christian preachers in English towns for quoting from the Bible. But it has. The Civil Partnerships Act 2004 was not meant to force public servants to approve of homosexuality. But it has.

“The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 was not meant to lead to a state of affairs where it is increasingly dangerous to say anything critical about homosexuality. But it did. And the laws of Britain, being entirely based upon the Christian Bible, were not meant to be used by a sneering judge to declare that Christianity had no higher status in this ancient Christian civilisation than Islam, Buddhism or Hinduism. But it has come to that this week.”

He concludes, “Daily the confidence of the new regime grows. The astonishing judgment of Lord Justice Laws last week, in which he pointedly snubbed Lord Carey, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, and mocked the idea that Christianity had any special place in our society, is a warning that this process has gone very deep and very far. The frightening thing is that it has not stopped, nor is it slowing down. What cannot be said in a Workington street will soon be unsayable anywhere.

“And if Christianity has officially ceased to be the basis of our law and the source of our state’s authority (a view which makes nonsense of the Coronation Service) who, and what – apart from the brute power of the manipulated mob – is to decide in future what is right, and what is not, and what can be said, and what cannot? This process, if not halted, will lead in the end to the Thought Police and the naked rule of power.”

We are today witnessing the criminalisation of Christianity in England. This is happening all around the Western world. The question is, do Christians know about this and care about this? Will they take action to defend religious freedom, or will they just bury their heads in the sand and hope it all goes away?

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1270650/Christian-preacher-trial-public-order-offences-saying-homosexuality-sin.html#
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/7668448/Christian-preacher-arrested-for-saying-homosexuality-is-a-sin.html
www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/columnists/article-1270880/MELANIE-PHILLIPS-The-Orwellian-logic-thats-turning-faith-Britain-built-crime.html
hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2010/05/how-long-until-christians-are-blackmailed-for-daring-to-speak.html

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24 Responses to More English Anti-Christian Bigotry

  • Let me start the ball rolling by alerting you to an important article Peter Hitchens has written about the upcoming English elections. He tells us why the conservative opposition is in such bad shape: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/election/article-1270363/General-election-2010-The-important-article-Ive-written–loyal-Conservative-voters-hate-it.html

    We really need to pray for this election.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Hi Bill,

    My first thought is, what can really be done about this march of fascism? You can stand up to it and be thrown in prison or leave the country. Both of which would be admirable things to do.

    I’m not sure how effective it would be to actually turn this march around though.

    Fortunately, God is in control and knows what He is doing, and God has put in all evil the seeds of its own destruction.

    What do these people think will happen to their society when they finish the project of getting rid of all the Christians? Especially given their abject cowardice in the face of Islam.

    Jason Rennie

  • An additional thought. What exactly do homosexuals think will happen when they have succeeded in breaking down all the social norms about sex and have managed to make everybody sink into a “tolerant” “secular” fog on values?

    Homosexual activists might not like having their consciences pricked because Christians rightly call their behavior out as immoral and wrong, but what exactly do they think other groups would do to them? Faithful Christians may not endorse homosexual practice, but they are willing to tolerate it (in the classic sense of the word) because the practitioners are fellow human beings.

    I don’t remember Muslim majority countries being anywhere near as understanding.

    Jason Rennie

  • Hi Bill, I was following this story, reminds me of what happened in San Francisco a few years back when there was an assault by a bunch of sodomites on a fellowship who ended up barricading themselves inside the church building. Some parishioners had been assaulted outside, others physically prevented from entering the church and as well outdoor furniture had been destroyed.
    I think also the sodomites were trying to kick the door in as they chanted we are going to get your children. The sad part is the police who had been called earlier stood and passively watched as they had been instructed to do.

    Homosexuality abortion or whatever really it is a breakdown of the foundations of our society. When our leaders abandon the Judeo Christian foundation and its teachings on what is right or wrong we can only end up with people behaving worse than animals. Thank God he has a final solution namely an ultimate judgment (His judgments are redemptive in nature for He is not willing any perish) and the second coming of Christ Jesus otherwise there would be no hope.

    Rob Withall

  • Unbelievable stuff – the ugly side of history repeating itself and by the look of it, just as bad if not worse than the other examples of it last century. Bill, in these situations sometimes it is hard to know exactly what to pray – all I could think of was to ask God to rally his followers into action and to ensure that Socialism is defeated but in view of the article by Peter Hitchens, it might be a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire!
    Steve Davis

  • David Cameron, the Conservative leader who is confident of winning the election this Thursday is unfortunately also one of the living dead. Is he really that stupid that he doesn’t realise he is courting a teeny tiny, pink minority, whilst alienating a large Christian section of the population? Is it really any wonder that with an open goal mouth and a dead goal keeper lying across its entrance, for the last couple of years, that he has failed to make any impression on the Labour team? Maybe through close proximity he has himelf become infected with Brown’s disease and joined the ranks of the zombies.

    David Skinner, UK

  • Thanks Bill.
    “The question is, do Christians know about this and care about this? Will they take action to defend religious freedom, or will they just bury their heads in the sand and hope it all goes away?”

    The “Christians” are all too often influenced by the ideas of the ideological left. This applies to many in the historic denominations, many of which have evacuated the Biblical Gospel from their teaching in favour of the type of “L’Oreal Christianity” you spoke of in the previous article. Others have gone in for the “Social Justice” compromise: Christian morality as read through the glasses of Marxism.

    Whatever, it is a depressing picture. Who are our friends? God is, I believe, shaking up the Church for a wholesale purge. The old leaven of compromised Christians must go, along with the liberal teaching which has been our downfall for all these years. Christianity will be criminalised, perhaps as a prelude to Christ”s return, for which we must always be ready. Whatever, we are more and more back in the situation vis-a-vis the state and state religion in which the early Christians found themselves.

    Murray R. Adamthwaite

  • The UK is disappearing fast and this may be the last election we have before we come under the tyranny of the EU. Wannabee MPs in trying to seduce the Christian are claiming allegiance to Christianity. But the Christianity they talk of takes the form of the people, and children in particular, fashioning God and the Bible into whatever form they wish, preferably one that is kind, tolerant, non-discriminatory, inclusive and gay. Our government is already dominated by Pinkose and now, added this, it will be ruled by feminists and children. Isaiah chapter 3 says it all.

    David Skinner, UK

  • Sir Ian Mckellen, founder member of Stonewall, is going around British Schools spreading subversion and rebellion against God. One only has to read the poem the Love that Dares to Speak its Name by James Kirkup that he read out in a Spanish Restaurant to realise just how depraved this man is.
    http://freethinker.co.uk/2008/06/22/blasphemys-dead-so-sod-you-god/

    He is a barrack room lawyer who is instilling a sense of grievance in children and making them feel that they all part of oppressed minority groups. He is reported as saying, in the Telegraph, “I’ve been busy at quite a few schools recently. I went to a wonderful co-ed faith school (St George’s) in Harpenden. They were Christians and absolutely determined that their pupils did not discriminate. They invited me to come and give prizes to 13-year-olds in front of the parents and to talk, partly, about being gay. I said that we were all part of a minority group – be it for being short or tall or fat or thin, or having red hair or whatever. I said, ‘Hands up who thinks they are part of a minority group,’ and all the hands went up.”

    He is also reported as saying, “Wherever I go the most forward looking attitudes are coming not necessarily from the head teachers, not necessarily from the teachers but from the kids themselves.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfsBEMFgqGs

    “I am impressed not just with the leadership, the head teacher his staff, but from the students themselves. At quite young ages they seem to have grasped the simple situation that we should be kind to each other.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbz202FpmlA

    And now we have David Cameron, the leader of Conservative Party saying, “The defining characteristic of the modern Conservative approach is found in the phrase power to the people. This is not just a slogan. It is a radical blueprint for redrawing society based on a belief that the best ideas come from the ground up, not the top down.”

    Yes from the pit of hell.

    David Skinner, UK

  • Liam Nolan, the Head teacher in the Youtube above, claims proudly that he is an Out Gay teacher. Pity he did not also claim to be an Out practitioner of oral sex with men in public places.
    http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/mail/news/tm_headline=&method=full&objectid=19248238&siteid=50002-name_page.html

    His extra curriculum activity is defended by Sue Sanders of School Out.
    http://blog.schools-out.org.uk/blog/_archives/2007/6/16/3025810.html

    Perry Beeches school was raised to be the most improved school in Britain through the Teacher Development Agency (TDA) working through Cumbria University. The Head of Diversity of the TDA, Pav Akhatar, responsible for the professional development of over 40,000 British teachers is an outed proud, gay Muslim. Islam will combine with homosexuals to persecute Christians in Britain.
    http://www.anglican-mainstream.net/2010/04/25/its-okay-to-do-gay-teachers-development-agency-for-schools/

    David Skinner, UK

  • If I should suddenly not be heard of again on this web site, you will know that there has been that knock on the door in the wee hours of the night.

    David Skinner, UK

  • Dear David,

    You take care to remember that God is watching us constantly and nothing happens without his knowledge.

    God bless you, friend!

    Mark Rabich

  • THE TRUE MEANING OF EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

    A once relatively cohesive society, Britain has within a short space of time fragmented into competing groups. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, though espousing equality, divides and disunites us into competing groups, based upon 1 age; 2 disability; 3 faith and belief, 4 gender, 5 race and nationality; 6 sexual orientation and 7 transgender identity.
    Though on paper they enjoy equality, in reality there is naked diversity in the way this is administered. “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.”
    One of these groups, centred around the homosexual lobby, Stonewall, has arrogantly and presumptuously assumed ownership of the of the Human Rights list and dictates whose rights overrule those of all the others and who has no rights at all. Significantly three out seven of the strands are linked with sexuality. These favour homosexuals, feminists, transsexuals and trans genders. One group, however, misleadingly defined by religion, Islam, bides its time, until after society has plunged itself into anarchy, it will assume total dominance. This leaves children, babies, unborn babies, Jews and Christians with virtually no rights at all. Foxes have holes but we have nowhere to rest our heads.

    David Skinner, UK

  • I hope that it has not missed the attention of anyone who has read the link above, concerning (Sir) Ian Mckellen’s obscene celebration of necrophilia and the removal of the blasphemy law, that the blasphemy law has not been removed, but merely replaced with something else. This is obviously the legislation outlawing blasphemy against homosexuality, which can carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

    David Skinner, UK

  • To David Skinner – I cannot agree with you more when you say that God is shaking up the church for a wholesale purge. I am praying for you and other people like you and that God would give you strength, conviction and courage to stand firm. David you will stand because God is able to make you stand, just keep hanging in there mate!
    Steve Davis

  • Are there any Christian moves in the UK to reverse this trend? If so, how can we help them?
    Graeme Cumming

  • Mark, Steve and Graham, thank you for your words of encouragement. I attended this sermon, last Sunday, on Psalm 46, which puts everything into perspective.

    The preacher, Bev Savage, reminded us that for any moment, suffering for Jesus Christ is the norm for 200,000,000 Christians around the world and that conversely the “good times,” the “feel good factor,“ that Christians have experienced for the last fifty years in West is an abnormality.

    I pray that Christians in Australia will look at Britain to see what happens when we the Church, like that of Laodicea, become indistinguishable for the surrounding culture. I pray also that we will view the testing of our faith, not in a negative way – not that we should seek troubles – but necessary for the shaping of our characters.

    Let us continue to pray for one another and those whom God has set to rule over us.

    David Skinner, UK

  • David, take heart, I think it is safe to assume that you are not a part of the Laodicean church – just pray that me and everybody else out there who desires to follow Christ is not as well. I have been praying about the election you have there at the moment and it is really hard to see what is going to happen as far as the government is concerned. I have been praying that the church will get involved and stand up and be counted!
    Steve Davis

  • Steve, as far as Christians getting involved and standing up to be counted, there is a petition running at the moment directed at the government and those seeking election today. It is called the Westminster Declaration. The organisers of the petition say:
    “With four million regular church attendees in Britain, on average 6,000 per parliamentary constituency, the move has real potential to have a significant impact on who is elected, especially in marginal seats.”
    How many do think have voted after four weeks? A million? A hundred thousand? Answer: 51,000.
    http://www.anglican-mainstream.net/2010/04/04/westminster-2010-declaration-of-christian-conscience/
    David Skinner, UK

  • Thanks David, I think any reasonable person would have to agree that such a low response is quite alarming – call me naive but what is the problem with the church over there? Surely they can do better than that? This reminds me of the words of Jesus – “Enter through the narrow gate for wide is the gate and broad is the road to destruction and many enter through it”. It looks like quite a number of people in the churches over there could be a part of this group – you would hope not. Keep your chin up mate!
    Steve Davis

  • Good summary of the incident – by the Atheist Antidote on Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRsmGJaR5o8

    Nathan Schellinger

  • Nathan I am much obliged, to you sir. Only trouble is, you may be wasting your time because we, in the UK have moved way beyond reason, debate – even democracy. These instruments of communication are obsolete, along with Christianity, marriage, the family, children and babies. I don’t know what follows apart from anarchy.

    David Skinner, UK

  • I would like to point out that MANY Christians in this country (UK – which I have returned to after 2 and a half years in Perth, WA) are involved in opposing the unjust way fellow Christians are being treated. I went to the link David gave and deduced that it was from Lansdowne Baptist church. Thankfully this is not the only church or organisation standing up for Biblical truth and a Godly way of life. An extremely good organisation to get information from and to support is “Christian Concern for our Nation” http://www.ccfon.org. A Christian lawyer, Andrea Minichiello Williams ([email protected]) sends out information for prayer and action once a week. Many respond to this by writing to MPs and others in Parliament/Government. Our local MP has been very sympathetic to the Christian cause while he has been in opposition. I hope he will now be more able to affect how Christians are treated. I think the situation here may be more like that unknown to Elijah – that God still has many who have not “bowed the knee to Baal”.
    Katharine Hornsby, UK

  • The Westminster Declaration http://www.westminster2010.org.uk/ is an idea (most likely taken from the Manhattan Declaration) originally drafted by the Christian Medical Fellowship and released on Easter Sunday 2010 and currently has over 62,000 signatories and growing. The Manhattan Declaration http://manhattandeclaration.org/ currently has over 444,000 signatures came into being on 20th Nov 2009

    Given that it is early days, I’d say that they have both generated a momentum worthy of note. Christian solidarity against the continued threat of humanistic activity has to be a good thing. People are slowly starting to wake up to the need to be a witness for truth.

    I am reminded of a letter from Corrie Ten Boom who wrote in 1974 of the 200,000 African who died for their faith and how much of the Christian population around the world is under persecution, yet we in the West continue as though we are going to escape tribulation. Are we ready for it?
    http://garthpenglase.com/the-world-is-deathly-ill-corrie-ten-boom-1974/

    Garth Penglase

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