Commenting on Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor's suggestion that equalities legislation in Britain is threatening freedom of religion, Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society thinktank Ekklesia, said:
"Refusing equal treatment in the public square, seeking wide opt-outs from anti-discrimination legislation and trying to cling on to privilege is the wrong direction for the churches to take, both socially and theologically.
"We now live in a mixed belief society, rather than one dominated by institutional Christianity. That may question certain privileges which have existed before, but this need not be a threat. Rather it is an opportunity to rediscover a more authentic, liberating Christian message and practice; one that has often been obscured or defaced by the collusion of official religion and governing authority."
Briefing on Religion, belief and non-discrimination law - http://ekklesia.co.uk/node/8700