Bible Teaching Could Soon Become A Crime With ‘Anti-Extremism Banning Orders’

Traditional Christian teaching could effectively be “criminalized” in some settings in Britain under David Cameron’s plans for new anti-extremist banning orders, a top Anglican theologian and former Parliamentary draftsman has warned. The Rev. Dr. Mike Ovey, a former lawyer and now principal of Oak Hill Theological College in London, a training school for Church of England clergy, said proposals for new “Extremism Disruption Orders” could be a “disaster area” for people from all the mainstream religions and none. Mr. Cameron and Theresa May have signaled that the new orders, planned as part of the Government’s Counter-Extremism Bill, would not curb the activities of radical Islamist clerics but the promotion of other views deemed to go against “British values” even if it is nonviolent and legal. Ministers have defined British values in the past as including broad notions like democracy, tolerance and the rule of law.

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