Bible teaching becoming a criminal act?

Jun 22, 2015 by

Michael F. Haverluck –

British Prime Minister David Cameron is planning to criminalize fundamental Bible teaching through his new “anti-extremist banning orders.”

Newly proposed “Extremism Disruption Orders” could likely thrust people from mainstream religions into a “disaster area,” says Oak Hill Theological College Rev. Dr. Mike Ovey, who is a former attorney now serving at the Church of England’s training school for clergy.

Pushing whose values?

Both Cameron and British Parliamentary member Theresa May conceded that the orders won’t suppress militant Muslims — only those who oppose values pushed by the government.

“Mr. Cameron and Theresa May have signaled that the new orders, planned as part of the Government’s Counter-Extremism Bill, would not curb the activities of radical Islamist clerics, but the promotion of other views deemed to go against ‘British values,’ even if it is nonviolent and legal,” Christian Concern reports, according to Charisma News. “Ministers have defined British values in the past as including broad notions like democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.”

Cameron says that British citizens can no longer count on laws protecting religious viewpoints.

“[Britain has for too long been a] passively tolerant society [where people are told] as long ‘as you obey the law, we will leave you alone,’” Cameron declared in a speech last month.

Ovey contends that Cameron has failed to address how his new orders would end up quashing religion freedom throughout the United Kingdom.

“Dr. Ovey warned that unless the criteria are tightly defined, the orders could be used against almost anyone and would have a ‘chilling effect’ on preachers and even call into question the curriculum of colleges such as his,” Christian Concern’s John Bingham reports. “Even basic Christian tenets, such as the belief that Jesus is the Son of God, could be deemed to be offensive to other religions and branded un-British.”

 

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