The Telegraph is again sitting at George Carey’s knee, drinking in his wisdom and insight about the vicious persecution of Christians in the UK.
Carey says worshippers are being “vilified” by the state, treated as “bigots” and sacked simply for expressing their beliefs.
The attack is part of a direct appeal to the European Court of Human Rights before a landmark case on religious freedom.
In a written submission seen by The Daily Telegraph, the former leader of more than 70 million Anglicans warns that the outward expression of traditional conservative Christian values has effectively been “banned” in Britain under a new “secular conformity of belief and conduct”.
His comments represent one of the strongest attacks on the impartiality of Britain’s judiciary from a religious leader.
They also represent a shameless display of dishonesty. If the outward expression of traditional conservative Christian values had been “banned” in Britain, then he wouldn’t be able to yap in the Telegraph every five minutes, would he. He wouldn’t be able to write regularly for the Daily Mail. He wouldn’t have the Telegraph calling him a former “leader.”
The hearing, due to start in Strasbourg on Sept 4, will deal with the case of two workers forced out of their jobs over the wearing of crosses as a visible manifestation of their faith. It will also take in the cases of Gary McFarlane, a counsellor sacked for saying that he may not be comfortable in giving sex therapy to homosexual couples, and a Christian registrar, who wishes not to conduct civil partnership ceremonies.
No. That’s not accurate. McFarlane refused to give sex therapy to homosexual couples, and he then gave his employers an assurance that he would do his job as directed, but in fact continued to refuse to give sex therapy to homosexual couples. It was only then that he was sacked. He didn’t just say, in a conversational manner, that he might not be comfortable giving sex therapy to homosexual couples; he flatly refused to do his job.
He outlines a string of cases in which he argues that British judges have used a strict reading of equality law to strip the legally established right to freedom of religion of “any substantive effect”.
“It is now Christians who are persecuted; often sought out and framed by homosexual activists,” he says. “Christians are driven underground. There appears to be a clear animus to the Christian faith and to Judaeo-Christian values. Clearly the courts of the United Kingdom require guidance.”
How’s that for a spot of the old incitement to hatred? “Often sought out and framed by homosexual activists” – filthy man.