A recent survey conducted by Whitestone Insights has unveiled a troubling trend among young Britons, indicating that nearly a quarter of individuals aged 18 to 34 would support banning the Bible if they perceived it as containing “hate speech.” This revelation has sparked concerns among religious freedom advocates who believe this shift in attitude could contribute to the deterioration of not only Great Britain but Western culture as a whole.
Lois McLatchie, a representative of Alliance Defending Freedom UK, expressed her apprehensions during a recent interview on GBNews. Drawing attention to the consequences faced by Christians in Finland, where former Minister of the Interior, Päivi Räsänen, was acquitted of hate speech charges for sharing a Bible verse on marriage and sexuality, McLatchie warned against the dangers of stifling religious expression.
“We may no longer be a majority Christian population here in Britain. That’s even more reason to protect freedom of speech and belief for all,” McLatchie emphasized.
The survey results indicate that young adults are the most likely demographic to support banning religious texts, with 23% of those aged 18 to 34 agreeing with the statement. In comparison, 35- to 54-year-olds followed at 17%, while those over 55 were the least likely to support such a ban, with only 13% in agreement.
McLatchie went on to highlight concerning instances of censorship under the current Conservative government, citing the arrest of street preachers for quoting the Bible in public and legal actions against pro-life campaigners praying silently near abortion clinics.
“Censoring one type of belief because it fails to fit with the dominant orthodoxy of our day is no better than imposing the illiberal blasphemy laws of the Middle Ages,” McLatchie warns.
As the foundation of Western society is rooted in biblical principles, concerns are mounting that the erosion of faith in the Bible among the younger generation could lead to a decline in the values that have long defined the West.
In response to these challenges, the Bible calls upon Christians to actively demonstrate godly living and lifestyle. There is a great importance to defending religious freedom and the godly principles which saw the rise and growth of Western civilization. As the cultural landscape evolves, Christians must engage respectfully and compassionately to ensure that the foundational principles of Western civilization endure.
If Christians do not stand up for the values, principles, morals and message found within the Bible, then the world will continue to attack God’s Word unabated. The faithful must be the stop-gap between a world enveloped in darkness and the people in it who desperately need the truth of Jesus Christ.
James Lasher is Staff Writer for Charisma Media.