Prime Minister David Cameron seems to be doing more to persuade Christians in the UK that they are part of a persecuted minority than any other recent political Western leader, Lord Carey has claimed.
In an article for the Daily Mail, the one-time Archbishop of Canterbury claimed that Mr Cameron’s platitudes to religious leaders to ‘face down aggressive secularism’ was a ‘bit rich’, seeing his government is ‘aiding and abetting this aggression every step of the way’.
Lord Carey, who has already voiced publicly his anti-gay marriage stance, said ‘many Christians’ doubted the sincerity of Mr Cameron’s pledge to support their rights, and pointed to a recent poll showing two-thirds believed they are now part of a persecuted minority.
He added, ‘Their fears may be exaggerated because few in the UK are actually persecuted, but the Prime Minister has done more than any other recent political leader to feed these anxieties.
‘He seems to have forgotten, in spite of his oft-repeated support for the right of Christians to wear the cross, that lawyers acting for the Coalition argued only months ago in the Strasbourg court, that those sacked for wearing a cross against their employer’s wishes should simply get another job’.
The poll Lord Carey referred to was carried out on behalf of Coalition for Marriage. Nearly eight in ten people believe gay marriage will lead to those who back traditional marriage being sacked. More than three quarters said that the Prime Minister is not prepared to listen to ordinary voters.