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