While Great Britain is credited for exporting the Anglican brand of the Christian faith to Uganda through the Church Missionary Society members, who evangelised Uganda from June 1877, it is surprising it’s the country now taking the lead in ensuring the Christian faith becomes extinct, following legislation and promotion of a secular humanistic view that is squeezing religion out of the public square.
A catalogue of legal battles has been raging in British courts mainly by Christians, who have considered it legitimate to hold Christian views and to live their faith while being professionals in their fields. The most recent intriguing case is one of a Christian high school Mathematics teacher, Joshua Sutcliffe, who has been dragged to court for “misgendering” a transgender student. Sutcliffe was accused by a girl, who preferred to be referred to as “a boy” for having been molested and discriminated against when the teacher addressed the class, “well done girls”. Sutcliffe was being critiqued for transphobic behaviour that questions the veracity of the new sexual and gender ideology being promoted in the UK. Apparently, earlier on Sutcliffe was summarily asked to disband a Bible club he had begun in the school on the pretext of not having a register and a curriculum yet the Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and inter-Sex (LTGBI) club, without register or curriculum, was allowed to run.
Another recent bizarre court case is of Felix Ngole, a black Master’s of Arts in Sociology student, who was dismissed from the University of Sheffield in the UK for posting on his Facebook page, his disapproval of same-sex marriage.
Ngole is appealing the sentence, arguing that the university infringed on his right to hold certain religious beliefs. Another recent blatant attack on Christian faith is the relieving of magistracy duties from Richard Page, a magistrate in Kent following his view that in adoption cases, he preferred children to be brought up by a father and mother.
Although the views were in a closed door magistrate’s session, his colleague judges, I suppose secular humanists, reported him to the superiors and he was recommended for an equalities training, a kind of refresher course on gender identity.
When he appeared before a BBC programme to express his views on the dangers of being a Christian in a UK workplace, he was eventually removed from the bench and even lost membership on the governing body of the National Health Service.
There are a host of ongoing court cases mainly revolving around street evangelists, who have been accosted for breaching section 5 of the Public Order Act, which prescribes safeguard against using threatening or abusive words within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. The implication of this law to the evangelists is that it just takes a preacher to quote one verse that condemns alcoholism, fornication or homosexuality and in a split second, you have caused harassment and distress to another person, who believes in or practises any of the above.
Promoting the Christian faith in UK is becoming very risky and one wonders why a nation that prides itself in democracy and freedom of religion can institute laws that muzzle the Christian voice, through which the much needed ethical and moral Christian values can be promoted in an increasingly ungodly, secular and humanistic society.
The secularist and humanistic world view has even penetrated the Anglican Church in the UK to an extent that the church’s official position on current definitions of gender is becoming more accommodative.
According to Christian concern, a leading Christian organisation in the UK, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was recently criticised by Will Jones for saying in his speech, “Christians should be more accepting of the ‘reality’ of modern families. It is not surprising that fault lines are fast appearing in the Anglican polity, to an extent that a breakaway faction led by Bishop Andy Lines, from conservative evangelical group Anglican Mission in England recently ordained nine priests who will not be serving in the Church of England churches but in churches that are aligned to the global biblically faithful Anglicans.
Rt. Rev. Dr Fred Sheldon Mwesigwa,Bishop of Ankole Diocese.