A survey conducted by Premier Christian Communications, which is owned by the London-based charity Premier Christian Media Trust, has found that over 9 out of 10 Christians in the United Kingdom believe that their faith is being marginalized in British society today.
Premier reported on Sunday that to date, over 12,000 “ordinary Christians” have taken part in its “State of the Faith” survey.
According to the data, 93 percent of the Christian respondents “believe that Christianity is being marginalised” in the U.K., while 50 percent say they have experienced prejudice because of their faith.
Fifty-three percent say they strongly agree that Christianity is being marginalized, while 40 percent agree.
Four out of 5 Christians (80 percent) who took part in the survey believe that “Christianity is not given equal respect” as other worldviews and religions. Meanwhile, 26 percent of respondents say that they are unable to be open about their faith in their workplace or equivalent setting.
According to Premier, 67 percent of respondents say that it is not considered acceptable in society for Christians to share their faith with others, while just 29 percent disagree.
Younger Christians were more likely to say that they experienced prejudice for their faith.
The survey found that 70 percent of respondents aged 15 to 19 faced prejudice because of their faith.
“These striking results should give everyone pause for thought as to whether we need to do more to enable people of religious faith to be themselves without fear,” the organization stated on a website detailing the survey results.
Premier did not disclose the methodology behind the results or the error margin of the sample.
“Partly because of illiteracy [and] partly because of those who have a very different agenda, we may be moving into a period when debate is shut down — where you can’t have an honest debate and agree to differ,” Nola Leach, the head of a Christian lobbying group called Care, told Premier.
Premier CEO Peter Kerridge said in a statement that it is “clear” that the U.K. does not have the “liberal accepting society” that it believes it does “if we don’t tolerate and accept everyone, including Christians.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post, Samuel Smith