Catholic Bishop: UK Could Begin Targeting Christians
By James Macintyre
Christians in the UK could be targeted by the Government’s counter-extremism strategy, a Catholic bishop has warned.
In a sermon at Lourdes, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said the Government strategy ‘struggles to define arbitrary values which might preserve society now confronted by aggressive ideologies and homicidal terror’.
Referring to a recent poll, Davies argued that the problem lies in how ‘extremism’ is defined. The poll, he said, ‘allows [us] to glimpse what lies at the heart of this confusion: a ComRes Poll found that one in three Britons now regard the claims of Christianity and even the person of Jesus Christ as representing extremism’.