Comments: EHRC report on religious discrimination

Relationships between Trevor and LGBT groups were somewhat strained in the past. The leader of Stonewall resigned his place when there was a move to oust Trevor because his views were not considered kosher.

I think Trevor's views seem to have moved a tad.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Wednesday, 22 June 2011 at 12:39pm BST

"I think Trevor's views seem to have moved a tad."

- Martin Reynolds -

Perhaps not quite to the extent of the Conversion of Saul to Paul, Martin, but undoubtedly a move in the proper (not to say 'right') direction?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Thursday, 23 June 2011 at 10:44am BST

The statistical briefing paper makes interesting reading.

One table show a steady decline from 2004 to 2009 in the percentage of the population who state their religion as Christian. Over the same period, the Muslim faith has increased its proportion of followers in this country significantly. This may be partly due to immigration, but I would have to consult those stats to be sure.

The 5 per cent increase in those who state that they have no religion at all is cause for concern. Also, the fact that so many (449,000) report themselves as Christian with no denomination, and only 25 per cent of Christians (compared to 79% of all Muslims in the same survey) said that they actively practiced their faith.

The challenge is to ourselves as Christians to lead by example almost half a million who are without denomination and inactive (by their own admission). We can all re-discover the sort of communal active faith that marched up to segregated schools in Alabama, overturned slavery, took racial segregation to the Supreme Court, abandoned comfort to open remote hospitals and free schools, rescued the poor of Calcutta and danced defiantly in Soweto on an empty stomach against apartheid.

The witness of a small Liverpool church outreach to prostitutes without proselytising has gained national press coverage:

'Hallelujah, Thine the glory,
Hallelujah, Amen,
Hallelujah, Thine the glory,
Revive us again!'

Of course, our causes and behaviour in service of the gospel would have to be exemplary enough to give that challenge meaning.

Posted by David Shepherd at Friday, 24 June 2011 at 7:55pm BST
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