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Double standards over sharing of Christian faith

Published 24/12/2015

Christianity seems to be playing a lesser part in the life of the nation as our society veers towards a multicultural and often atheistic approach in how it conducts itself.

The nation once famed for sending out missionaries across the globe now finds itself apologising for even countenancing anything remotely connected with the Bible, God or Jesus in public life.

Those who hold their Christian faith dear are now being marginalised, as the case with Pastor James McConnell demonstrates.

It is now politically correct to keep schtum about your religious convictions in case you offend a person of another faith, or culture. This was evident to me this week, when I was asked by staff in the hospital where I attend for treatment for a terminal illness not to disseminate religious leaflets as they would cause offence to others who are not Christian.

(I had simply put some illustrated Gospel tracts on the book table for anyone to take, or read, but without compunction.)

The ironic thing was that, after being kindly admonished for putting out literature that expounds that Gospel of love, we, as patients, were subjected to a rendition of Christmas carols by the staff and nurses of that same department, who sang O Come All Ye Faithful, and other Christian songs, which clearly espoused the story of Jesus Christ as much as my leaflets, yet it was not considered to be offensive in this case.

What about those who don't celebrate Christmas, or others of different faiths?

I couldn't help comparing the two situations and found the hospital's treatment of my own actions inescapably unfair, if not discriminatory.

COLIN NEVIN

Bangor, Co Down

Belfast Telegraph

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