Commenting on claims that Brent Council in London has discriminated against Christians in a case involving a Good Friday parade (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/14574), Symon Hill, associate director of the Christian think-tank Ekklesia, said:
"This would appear to be another case of talking up mistreatment where none exists.
"Brent Council's rules about advance notice may or may not be sensible, but there is no evidence to suggest that these rules are being applied differently because the group concerned happen to be Christians.
"There therefore appears to be no substance to accompanying claims that a Muslim group or a gay rights march would be treated differently.
"Equally, snide comments about Muslims and gay people do no service to Christians or to anyone else. People of differing beliefs, both religious and non-religious, need to learn to negotiate rather than recriminate, mediate rather than litigate, in the public sphere.
"There is no evidence that Christians as a group face deliberate, organised discrimination in Britain. Moreover, becoming obsessed or over-anxious about their own privilege and status undermines the Christian message, and is likely to create counter-resentment.
"The real issue here is how Christians can behave positively within, and towards, a wider social order that no longer automatically privileges them, because the majority are not practising Christians."