The Pope will warn Britain of the dangers of pursuing equality at the expense of Christians' religious freedom during his visit this week. He is expected to highlight the importance of allowing Christians to follow their beliefs without fear of censure, in a speech to political and religious leaders.
His message will be seen as a criticism of the last government's introduction of equality laws which have resulted in Christians losing their job or facing disciplinary action for wearing a crucifix at work or sharing their religious views. The Pope – making the first visit to Britain by a pontiff for 28 years – will make it clear he believes that Christians and people of other faiths should not lose their freedom at the expense of a secular state's emphasis on equality. The speech on civil society is also likely to reflect on controversies over different attitudes to homosexuality and abortion.
Although I am not a religious person, I would agree with many of the Catholic Church's ideas. I also would agree with some of the Muslim Religions ideas as well. But as a citizen of Britain, whose law should you follow? Some Muslims say that we should introduce Sharia law, but in my opinion although we are not yet a Muslim country, although in some areas you wouldn't know, that's a non-starter. The Catholic Church and the Church of England are similar in many ways, but the Church of Scotland is very different to both as it adheres more to it's Calvinist beginnings and the Pope would do well to remember that when he talks about Christians! So do we follow different laws and guidelines in different parts of the UK, depending which Church is dominant? Or do we just follow the law of the country, blindly and without recourse to our conscience and beliefs? Jewish people can always move to Israel if they don't like the laws of the UK and Muslims could move to an Islamic country. But, where would a Christian go?
It just shows you how much our culture has been altered over the last hundred years or so, by immigration.