The Lawyers Christian Fellowship issued the following Press Release last night following the vote by 168 to 122 in the House of Lord’s in favour of the Government’s Equality Act (Sexual Orientation Regulations) 2007.
“This Act marks the imposition of a new morality. It is a clear sign that despite saying they were going to consult and listen, the Government has failed to respect the consciences of citizens whose values are formed and shaped by their deeply held religious beliefs, be they Christian, Muslim or Jewish. This could have been easily resolved by a simple conscience clause.
In a week where the whole country celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery, brought about, by and large, through the determined efforts of William Wilberforce, we would do well to remember his driving force and motivation stemmed from his Christian conviction. History will record that today’s vote marked the increased secularisation of Britain, confining faith to private thought, rather than public manifestation in works of service for the whole community.”