The leader of England’s Orthodox Jews, the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, is warning that the rise of secularism and non-discrimination laws — known as ”equality” laws in the U.K. — is causing an unprecedented level of oppression of people of faith. In an interview with the London Telegraph, Lord Sacks was direct:
“I share a real concern that the attempt to impose the current prevailing template of equality and discrimination on religious organisations is an erosion of religious liberty.
“We are beginning to move back to where we came in in the 17th century — a whole lot of people on the Mayflower leaving to find religious freedom elsewhere.”
The Mayflower metaphor is eerily ironic, since the first Mayflower was overflowing with people of faith fleeing the tyranny of England’s established (state-sanctioned, funded and privileged) church. The upcoming Mayflower — to continue the analogy — will be caused by the country’s descent into secularism, especially with its particular elevation of homosexuality at the expense of religious conscience.
If you’re interested in reading a report on the oppression of Christians in Britain, check out The Christian Institute’s publications page on religious liberty and look for the title “Marginalising Christians – Instances of Christians being sidelined in modern Britain.” If you haven’t been following the stories out of the U.K. over the last several years, I guarantee that you will be shocked.
In a further bit of irony, if the Mayflower II ever does set sail, it won’t find Massachusetts a particularly welcoming port-of-call the second time around, since religious adoption agencies have been forced to close their doors and parents have been told they must allow the state to indoctrinate their children about homosexuality.