Christian Institute Launches Free Speech Campaign To Defend Christians From ‘Extremism Orders’
The Christian Institute is planning to lead a challenge to the government’s new “Extremism Disruption Orders” (EDOs) joining the National Secular Society in a campaign called Defend Free Speech.
The EDOs are similar to Tony Blair’s infamous Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), but target perceived extremist, rather that anti-social, behaviour. The orders, which featured in the Tory manifesto, would allow police to apply to the High Court for the power to restrict the movement and freedoms of people they deem to be extremists.
At the beginning of August, Tory MP Mark Spencer, admitted: “EDOs… would apply to a situation where a teacher was specifically teaching that gay marriage is wrong.”
Simon Calvert, from the Christian Institute and spokesperson for the Defend Free Speech campaign, told Premier Christian Radio:
Defend Free Speech campaigners believe that anyone, from Trade Union members to environmentalists and public servants who disagree with the liberal orthodoxy – such as teachers unsure about same sex marriage – could be targeted
Lord Ahmad, Minister for Countering Extremism, said:
Earlier this year, a Christian school in Durham was forced to close during the crackdown following the Trojan Hoarse scandal. Hardcore Salafi Islamists had infiltrated state schools in Birmingham, but the government chose to persecute a peaceful, otherwise tolerant Christian school hundreds of miles away.
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