Byline: MELANIE PHILLIPS
HOW long will it be before Christianity becomes illegal in Britain?
This is no longer the utterly absurd and offensive question that on first blush it would appear to be.
An evangelical Christian campaigner, Stephen Green was arrested and charged last weekend with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
So what was this behaviour?
Merely trying peacefully to hand out leaflets at a gay rally in Cardiff.
So what was printed on those leaflets that was so threatening, abusive or insulting that it attracted the full force of the law?
Why, none other than the majestic words of the 1611 King James Bible.
The problem was that they were those bits of the Bible which forbid homosexuality.
The leaflets also urged homosexuals to 'turn from your sins and you will be saved'.
But to the secular priests of the human rights culture, the only sin is to say that homosexuality is a sin.
Admittedly, Mr Green is not everyone's cup of tea; other Christians regard him as extreme. But our society is now so upside-down that, by doing nothing more than upholding a fundamental tenet of Christianity, he was treated like a criminal.
And yet at the same time, the police are still studiously refusing to act against Islamic zealots abusing British freedom to preach hatred and incitement against the West.
The Bible is the moral code that underpins our civilisation.
Yet the logic of the police action against Mr Green surely leads ultimately to the inescapable conclusion that the Bible itself is 'hate speech' and must be banned.
This bizarre state of affairs has arisen thanks to our human rights culture which automatically champions minorities against the majority.
As a result, no one can say anything disobliging about a minority without being accused of prejudice or discrimination.
The problem for Christianity is that it holds that homosexuality is wrong.
This, however, it is no longer allowed to say because it treats a minority practice as sinful. So it can no longer uphold a central tenet of its own faith without being accused of prejudice.
This dilemma is currently tearing apart the Church of England itself. But it is also turning our whole notion of justice on its head.
Author Lynette Burrows received a warning from the Metropolitan Police merely for suggesting that gay people did not make ideal adoptive parents.
The former leader of the Muslim Council of Britain, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, also had his collar felt by police after he said that homosexuality was harmful.
Notably, in his case the matter was swiftly dropped. If there's one thing that terrifies our PC police even more than being called homophobic, it's being called Islamophobic - even though Islamic fundamentalism poses a real threat to the human rights of gay people.
If this wasn't all so frightening, it would be hilarious.
Christians, by contrast, get very different treatment. An elderly evangelical preacher, Harry Hammond, was convicted of a public order offence after he held up a poster calling for an end to homosexuality, lesbianism and immorality.
Although he had been the victim of a physical attack when a crowd poured soil and water over him, he alone was prosecuted.
And Lancashire pensioners Joe and Helen Roberts were interrogated by police for 80 minutes about their ' homophobic' views after they had merely asked their local council to display Christian literature alongside gay rights leaflets in civic buildings.
Christianity is fast becoming the creed that dare not speak its name. It is being written out of the national script by ideologues seeking to hasten its disappearance. …