07 October 2015
Response to prime minister's speech: 'confronting extremism'
Responding to the prime minister’s speech today David Landrum, director of advocacy at the Evangelical Alliance, said:
“It is right that we actively ‘rebuild Britain as an even greater country’ and take stringent measures to eradicate extremist ideology. However, it is vital that committed Christians are not labelled as extremists by those who may disagree with aspects of their faith.
“Any bill to tackle extremism must not undermine the very democracy that it seeks to protect. We would urge the prime minister to consult with all faith groups to ensure that historic freedoms of religion and belief are secured in the implementation of this bill.”
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Notes to Editors
The Evangelical recently released a survey into British values which revealed that 81% of evangelical Christians think that policies designed to counter extremism may make it harder for Christians to express their faith in public.
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