Christians could be caught out by new ‘extremist’ definition

ChristianToday.com reports: “Christians are at risk of being branded ‘extremists’ under the [UK’s] government’s new definition of extremism published this week, a campaign group has warned. 

The new definition says that ‘extremism is the promotion or advancement of an ideology based on violence, hatred or intolerance, that aims to’ among other things ‘negate or destroy the fundamental rights and freedoms of others’. 

Christian Concern said that Christians who are pro-life, gender-critical or have traditionalist beliefs about marriage may fall foul of the new definition. 

‘Christians who are pro-life could be seen as being opposed to an assumed ‘fundamental right’ to abortion and thus to be ‘intolerant’ and so extremist. It is already the case that being anti-abortion is on a Prevent list of ideologies seen as potential signs of extremism,’ the organisation said. 

‘Christians who are opposed to same-sex ‘marriage’ could also be seen as wishing to ‘negate or destroy the fundamental rights and freedoms of others’ and to be ‘intolerant’.’ 

Prevent is the government’s counter-terrorism scheme that aims to stop individuals from becoming terrorists…”

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