Christians are being forced into leaving their homelands as result of sever persecution or discrimination notes a British Minister.
Sayeeda Warsi- a Muslim British Minister has highlighted in an article that Christians are being persecuted to the verge of fleeing from some of the historic heartlands of Christianity through intolerance and violence. She said, “Religious persecution of all faiths “has become a global crisis”. In her article for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, she underscored recent attacks on Churches and their congregations in Pakistan and Egypt, writing “Christian populations are plummeting and the religion is being driven out of some of its historic heartlands.”
“There is even talk of Christianity becoming extinct in places where it has existed for generations – where the faith was born.” She recommended a “cross-faith, cross-continent unity” to tackle with this problem, “because a bomb going off in a Pakistani Church shouldn’t just reverberate through Christian communities; it should stir the world”. Sayeeda Warsi is a member of the unelected House of Lords and currently minister for faith at the Foreign Office, said “perpetrators ranged from states to militants to ordinary people.”
Sayeeda Warsi, whose family is originally from Pakistan, was an unsuccessful Conservative parliamentary candidate for Dewsbury at the 2005 general elections, thus emerging as the first Muslim woman to be selected by the Conservatives. She has served as a special adviser to Michael Howard on community relations, later was appointed by David Cameron as vice chairman of the Conservative Party. In May 2010, David Cameron appointed Baroness Warsi as Minister without portfolio in Cabinet, thus she became the first Muslim woman to serve in the Cabinet. In September 2010, during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to England and Scotland, Baroness Warsi said,”Labour government appeared to have viewed religion as essentially a rather quaint relic of our pre-industrial history. They were also too suspicious of faith’s potential for contributing to society – behind every faith-based charity; they sensed the whiff of conversion and exclusivity. And because of these prejudices they didn’t create policies to unleash the positive power of faith in our society.”
In her article, Baroness Warsi says: “I am not calling for some kind of 21st century theocracy. Religious faith and its followers do not have the only answer. There will be times when politicians and faith leaders will disagree. What is more, secularism is not intrinsically damaging. My concern is when secularisation is pushed to an extreme, when it requires the complete removal of faith from the public sphere. I am calling for a more open confidence in faith, where faith has a place at the table, though not an exclusive position.”