Are Christians being gagged?
THEOS has this interesting article. This is very a much a flavour of the month issue – Christians being persecuted and gagged because of their beliefs.
Personally, I have no problem at all with Christians expressing their Christian points of view in the public sphere.
I’d be interested to learn more about these cases. For often, on closer examination, they turn out to be a little different to the way they are initially presented. In this case, as in others, we have only heard one side of the story so far – it might yet turn out that the reasons for Mr Booker’s suspension are not exactly as described. Here is an earlier example.
SHOULD CONSCIENCE BE SILENCED?
On 27 March 2009, David Booker was suspended from work for expressing his beliefs.
This is the latest in a series of incidents involving Christians taking their faith into the workplace.
Nurse Caroline Petrie was suspended for offering to pray with a patient (though she has now been reinstated). Council worker Duke Amachree was suspended for suggesting to a terminally ill woman that she could turn to God for comfort.
It could be argued that Petrie and Amachree were abusing their positions of authority and taking advantage of the vulnerability of clients in their care.
You can believe whatever you want in private, Christians are often told. It is when you try to impose those beliefs on others that there is a problem, particularly if you do it under the auspices of your secular employment.
David Booker’s case, though, is different in several key respects…. (article continues)