Tories: Time to protect the religious freedom of British Christians.

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Tories: Time to protect the religious freedom of British Christians.

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Tories: Time to protect the religious freedom of British Christians.

With a stunning election victory, the British Conservative Party, under the leadership of David Cameron, has now secured a clear mandate from the voters to lead the UK in a more "conservative" direction.

In a youtube video which was produced to mark the Easter holiday (and, which you can view with this petition), and, also, most likely to sway British Christians towards the Conservative Party for the recent election, Mr Cameron spoke eloquently about the force for good that Christianity is in Britain. Among other things, Mr Cameron said that Britain is a "Christian country", and that, because of the many good works done by members of the church, people should be proud of it.

He went on to list some good actions which his Government oversaw with regard to helping Christians in Britain and abroad.

But, now that the Conservative Party have won a resounding victory at the polls, and because they do not require a minority party to keep them in power, there is a growing expectation that they will do more to help protect the religious freedom of British Christians.

With an ever-growing list of threats to religious freedom at home, including attacks on the ethos of faith-based schools and assaults on the freedom of conscience, especially as pertains to the living of one's faith in and outside the workplace, British Christians need the support of the new Conservative Government to protect their right to have a different point of view and way of life where faith and morals are concerned.

A couple recent examples will drive home this point:

* Recently in Ulster, Ashers Baking Co. was taken to court by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland because they refused an order which was in conflict with their religious beliefs. Ashers did not refuse to fulfill the order because the customer was gay, but because the customer asked them to decorate a cake with the slogan, "Support Gay Marriage". In other words, Ashers were taken to court because they refused to take part in a cause in which they do not believe.

*Christian and other faith-based schools in England, like Trinity Christian School in Reading, have been harassed by Ofsted, the school inspectorate, and marked down for not meeting so-called "British values" criteria - which, seem to be self-styled, subjective and very much secularist.

It is clear from these examples, and others, that some forces within Ofsted and the various "Equality" Commissions don't have as good an understanding of the nature of religious freedom, or the value which Christian beliefs actually brings to the country for the common good, as the Prime Minister. Indeed, in his youtube video, Mr Cameron says that Christianity in Britain is, "not just a collection of beautiful, old buildings, but a living, active force, doing great works right across our country..."

But, now that the electorate have given Mr Cameron and the Conservatives a fresh start, perhaps they will be able to propose and pass legislation which gives British Christians protection of their religious freedom and their freedom of conscience.

We call on the PM to make this a priority, and to give consideration to making root-and-branch changes in the Equality Commissions and at Ofsted.

We are sending this petition to our British supporters, as well as to those in the Commonwealth countries, as what happens in Britain often has implications for the Commonwealth, even if only culturally.

Thank you for signing our petition!

For imformation:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/08/uk-britain-election-idUKKBN0NQ2GP20150508

http://www.christian.org.uk/news/threatened-christian-school-change-british-values-rules/

http://www.christian.org.uk/ashers-baking-company/

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With this fresh start, and with British Christians in mind, please consider changes at Ofsted and the Equality Commissions.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Congratulations on your election victory. Your party has now secured a clear mandate from the voters to lead the UK in a more "conservative" direction.

In your recent Easter message to British voters, you said that Britain is a "Christian country", and that, because of the many good works done by members of the church, people should be proud of it. This was heartening to hear.

We know from your message that your last Government gave funding to help repair church buildings and helped to pass laws allowing Councils to continue with their tradition of prayer. You also said that your last Government was committed to helping persecuted Christians abroad. Those actions are, of course, to be applauded.

But we hope, that during your next five years, you will address some other serious (pending) issues at home. The first among those has got to be protecting the religious freedom of British Christians. If Britain is a "Christian country", as you say it is, then it only makes sense to protect, in law, the right and freedom of British Christians to live (not just worship) so as not to violate their own consciences which are formed by their belief in Jesus. 

As you know, various British "Equality" Commissions have recently sought to punish British citizens for simply adhering to their faith as they live their lives and as they conduct business in the wider community. The situation with - or, rather, persecution of - Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland readily comes to mind.

Again, in your Easter message, you say that,"...[British] Christians don't just talk, 'Loving thy neighbour', they live it out: in faith-schools, in prisons, in community groups."

Unfortunately, under your last Government, Ofsted (the schools inspectorate in Britain) has actually been harassing pupils of "faith-schools" precisely because of the teachings of their faith. And, Ofsted have been doing this as enforcers of so-called (often self-styled, subjective) "British values".

So, either the Christian values, of which you speak so eloquently in your video, are now no longer "British values", despite the fact that, as you say, Britain is a "Christian country" - which clearly doesn't make sense - or, perhaps, some forces within Ofsted and the various "Equality" Commissions don't have a good understanding of the nature of religious freedom, or the value which Christian beliefs actually brings to the country for the common good.

Either way, something has got to change. Perhaps the Equality Commissions and Ofsted need new blood at the top. Perhaps those agencies need a housecleaning. You know best. But, if your fine words about the place of Christianity in Britain, "not just [as] a collection of beautiful, old buildings, [but as] a living, active force, doing great works right across our country," are not to ring hollow, I ask you now - as you consider charting the path for your new Government - to consider new laws to protect the religious freedom of British Christians.

In doing so, you, yourself, will be noted in history as having made a great contribution to the energising of that "living, active force" which British Christianity really is.

Thank you very much for reading this petition, and I wish you the best as you begin the task of forming your next Government.

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