DUP MP Sammy Wilson has said that CHRISTIANS across the world are â€œliving in fear of discrimination and persecution as he demanded the British Government use its influence around the world to stop Christian persecution.
What the British Government is doing to help those across the world from being â€œpersecuted dailyâ€ due to their religious beliefs, The DUP MP demanded to know.
Minister David Lidington during Prime Ministerâ€™s Questions on Wednesday, gave a passionate speech to Cabinet Office and said
â€œWhile the McKee family in Northern Ireland are burying their daughter today murdered by IRA terrorists, hundreds of people in Sri Lanka are burying their loved ones â€“ brutally murdered because of their faith.The DUP MP
Christians across the world are now the most persecuted religious group
Sammy WilsonThe DUP MP
Its a fact, â€œChristians across the world are now the most persecuted religious group with almost 300 million living in fear of discrimination and persecution,â€œand 4,000 being killed every year because of their faith.
â€œThe Government has said that Britain is on their side, but BritainÂ has become aÂ pagan countryÂ over the past half century, creating a vacuum in which people will believe in anything and everything, according to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, who leads the Roman Catholic Church inÂ England and Wales.
How much does the Government really care?
The DUP MP asked how is the Government using the UKâ€™s soft power, our economic power, our contact with other Governments and our aid budget to help those who are persecuted daily simply because they believe in Jesus Christ?â€
Last week Lyra McKee, only 29, was fatally shot by dissident republicans in Londonderry after being caught in the cross-fire after clashes erupted between a group calling itself the New IRA and police on the Creggan estate on April 18.
More than 350 people died and around 500 injured on Easter Sunday, following the bombings which targeted churches and hotels across Sri Lanka.
There was also a coordinated series of attacks on churches holding Easter services.
Britain’s War on Christianity
But perhaps we Brits need to take a look in our own backyard. For example “Christian street preachers should be free to share the gospel, even where it means challenging the beliefs of others.” â€” Christian Concern, in a petition to UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
In recent years, dozens of Christians â€” clergy and non-clergy â€” in Britain have been arrested or fired from their jobs due to their faith. Much of the harassment is based on three sections of two British laws that are vague and open to subjective interpretations.
At an appeal hearing at Bristol Crown Court, attorney Michael Phillips emphasized the importance of freedom of speech, even in cases where the speaker does not necessarily hold the views being expressed. Another attorney, Paul Diamond, argued that there is no right not to be exposed to contrary ideas. He added that should passers-by not wish to hear the preaching, they are able to walk away.
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