The Barnabas Fund, which campaigns in support of persecuted Christians around the world, has launched a petition calling on the UK government to legislate for the protection of religious freedom in this country.
“Religious freedoms in the UK have taken centuries to build, but intolerance, complacency and uniformity are slowly eroding them away,” the charity says.
“When nurses are being sacked for wearing crosses or praying, and students are being kicked off their course for their beliefs, you have to ask yourself how safe these freedoms are. At what point do you act?
“We are not looking for a quick fix. Erosion needs prevention and that prevention is a new law: a new law, once and for all, to safeguard, all aspects of freedom of religion or belief before we lose them, along with freedom of speech.
“The [proposed] law will help everyone, of any religion or belief or none. Very simply, it will protect people. We want a law that establishes permanent freedom of thought, religion and expression in line with international agreements and covenants of human rights.”
• All Saints Jordanhill supports the Barnabas Fund. To find out more, and sign the petition, look on the table at the back of the church or visit www.ourreligiousfreedom.org.