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I was down to do the Radio 4 Sunday Programme at the weekend, but at the last minute told by the programme that the Christian Legal Centre was refusing to discuss with me the cases of the four Pentecostal Christians whose complaints are being taken to the European Court of Human Rights.
It was with a slight sense of weariness that I heard the news of the Christian van driver in Wakefield who has cited's his employer's policy of prohibiting employees from displaying personal items in their vehicles, as evidence of anti-Christian discrimination.
The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) repeatedly claim that Christians in Britain are being discriminated against because of their faith. But they don't appear to have said anything about Brian Haw, the Christian activist who lost a court case recently, when the judge ruled that he should be evicted from his peace camp opposite Parliament.
Sensible discussion about the role of different beliefs in the public square is frequently skewed by the reluctance or inability of the more ideologically-driven participants to listen properly to what is actually being said.
The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) have lost all credibility. Following a High Court case about foster parents, they have made statements which are difficult to interpret as anything other than blatantly misleading.
Christian Concern For Our Nation (CCFON) launched a new campaign yesterday (21 September) entitled “Not Ashamed”. It aims to encourage Christians to “stand up for Jesus Christ in public life”.
I am not ashamed to be a Christian active in public life, but I will not be wearing one of the “Not Ashamed” badges. This is because the campaign aims to encourage only a certain sort of Christian to engage in particular forms of public life.