George Pitcher, at the Telegraph newspaper, today takes up the point we made yesterday about the exaggeration of the Church of England bishops who claim that "there have been numerous dismissals of practising Christians from employment for reasons that are unacceptable in a civilised society".
The Daily Telegraph seems to have been spun by the Bible Society's thinktank Theos today, who appear to have rehashed some old survey data as 'new' when is was actually published last month. Alternatively it may just be poor reporting by the Telegraph, but Theos have form on this.
The former bishop of Rochester has made the speculative and apparently unsubstantiated claim that “Good Friday processions may be refused permission because they are regarded as a minority interest not worth police time.”
Cranmer has drawn attention to allegations about a Methodist lay minister, councillor George Reynolds, who has been “deselected as a candidate in the forthcoming local elections not because he objected to canvassing on the Sabbath on grounds of religious conscience, but because, as a pastor of his church, he is obliged to tend for his flock on Sundays”.