We believe strongly in the freedom for all religious groups to proclaim their beliefs in the public square. However, in recent years we have seen the Christian voice being marginalized with many concerning restrictions on Christian freedom of speech.
Christian freedom, we believe, is not merely liberty to believe what we wish, but also liberty to live our lives according to our faith, meet with other Christians and share the good news. When religious freedom is threatened it becomes more challenging for Christians to do these things.
We campaign in Westminster and the devolved Parliaments to safeguard Christian civil liberties.
In October 2015 the Government published its strategy to combat the serious threat of Islamist extremism. The Home Secretary plans a Bill to 'combat groups and individuals who reject our values and promote messages of hate.' It would include Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs). CARE believes these should only apply to violent extremism, but the proposal for EDOs includes sweeping powers targeting 'non-violent extremism'. There are concerns that innocent people with unpopular views - political and environmental activists, religious groups, trade unionists - could face prosecution.
The Department for Education has also undertaken a consultation on safeguarding children. Its proposal would affect Christian out-of-school activities which last six or more hours a week, requiring them to register and be inspected by Ofsted.