CHRISTIANS living in the UK fear their faith is being marginalised, according to a new report.
The survey, conducted by Premier Christian Communications, revealed more than 90 per cent of the UK churchgoers said they felt they have been victims of prejudice in British society.
A staggering 93 per cent of respondents said they “believe that Christianity is being marginalised” in Britain, while around 50 per cent said they had also been prejudiced against.
When asked whether the Christian faith in Britain is given “equal respect” to others, 80 per cent said it is not.
In a saddening turn, 67 per cent said they did not think it was considered acceptable in society for Christians to share their faith, with younger Christians saying they felt particularly marginalised.
About 70 per cent of respondents aged 15 to 19 reported negative experiences.
“It’s clear to me that we are not the liberal accepting society we think we are if we can’t tolerate and accept everyone, including Christians.
“People of faith, from all religions, should be allowed to live and work in freedom. They should be encouraged to hold to their faith not just in their homes and churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, but also in their jobs and hobbies and in the public square.
“This survey clearly indicates how it feels to be an ordinary Christian today, and I suspect other faith groups may have similar stories to tell.”
Premier has more a 1m strong audience of Christians in the UK.
Nola Leach, head of a Christian lobbying group Care, said: “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.”