How to get the law changed

Like many Christians I’ve signed petitions, written to my MP and members of the House of Lords, and spoken to my local councillor. All this to try and ensure that new, anti-Christian laws do not get onto the statute book. Sometimes we’ve been succcessful, sometimes not. Often it feels a little like King Canute against the tide.

But there is another way. The way the world gets the law changed. The strategy goes something like this.

  1. Get the government to see that there is a problem: drink, drugs, prositution, gambling. Whatever you have an interest in.
  2. Convince them that the best way to tackle the problem is to encourage it.

Sounds crazy? It seems to be accepted UK government policy. Yesterday, the government announced it was considering legalising brothels. Why would they want to do that? The home office minister tells us “we have got to have strong mechanisms to reduce prostitution“.
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Gospel freedom in Turkey

Today should see the start of the trial of Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish writer accused of insulting his nation. His crime? To remind his country that a million Armenians were killed by the Ottman Empire less than a century ago, a fact that few outside Turkey dispute.

Pamuk is not a Christian, but the case highlights the ongoing human rights issues in the country. It is not just writers and academics that are facing state-sponsored persecution, many Christians face persecution, and some are in jail. All this in a country that is seeking to apply for membership into the European Union.

EU membership (if it comes) would probably be a good thing for Turkish Christians. It is difficult to imagine the European Commission tolerating political or religious prisoners. It could even be a good thing for British Christians. Perhaps a religous country within the union would slow down the rampant secularism that all too apparent. Personally, I find it hard to believe that Islam is more dangerous than secularism, particularly when the church has become so much like the world in secularist countries, but much less so in Muslim ones.

It’s an interesting to think that could Christians in the UK could be linking up with Muslims in Turkey to combat anti-Christian legislation in Brussels. It is, however, a long way off. And before we start joining forces, Turkish persecution of Christians must stop. If anything, that seems even further away – though we also said that about persecution in East Germany in 1988, didn’t we?