Agenda: SNP’s awakened fundamentalism threatens Christian faith


A NEW fundamentalism is emerging that threatens our political system. Politics is oppositional, but political parties are supposed to bring together those of different ethnicities, classes and religions around a common cause. But in today’s fragmented culture, driven by identity politics and intersectionality, it becomes increasingly difficult.

The American right is often accused of engaging in one-topic politics – voting only for pro-life candidates. But fundamentalism seems contagious. The Times covered a story on Sunday in which the Catholic Church accused the SNP of trying to prevent people who oppose abortion and gender reform plans from being selected for the Holyrood election. next year.

SNP MP Dr Lisa Cameron voted against imposing sweeping new abortion laws on the people of Northern Ireland. The consulting clinical psychologist explained that her position was in part the result of two miscarriages. However, her personal history was not enough to save her from hostility online and calls on the SNP to deselect her.

The Catholic Church also noted that SNP politicians face threats online to oppose legislation that would allow people to self-identify their gender without medical intervention. JK Rowling boldly stated that biological sex is real to the surprise and relief of many; but Scotland seems determined to move forward with redefining this reality.

The SNP’s response will not fill those of all religious beliefs with confidence – “We are proud of the diversity of our party and no one fails the assessment because of their religious views.” Thus, religious beliefs are relegated to mere opinions and protected only during the assessment, and not during the entire selection process.

Political opinions and religious freedom have already come into conflict. Tim Farron resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats, saying he was “torn between living as a staunch Christian and serving as a political leader.”

Farron argued that liberalism is founded on religious freedom and that Christianity provides the values ​​that allow it to flourish. As society rejects Christianity, we are overturning the foundations of liberalism and democracy and therefore we cannot be surprised when liberalism ceases to be liberal.

In his book Dominion, Tom Holland argues that Christian history shapes our fundamental view of the human person, liberal democracy, and freedom of thought. Human rights aren’t just hanging in the ether waiting to be discovered, he says – they’re fruits grown on the tree of Christian faith.

There is a Victorian cartoon of a man taking an ax from a fruit tree with the caption – “This is madness – but how many times, to win the fruit, let’s cut down the tree.” To change the metaphor, we vent the last fumes of our Judeo-Christian principles, and as the reservoir empties, we risk collapsing from within.

For a party focused on independence, the SNP seems to take freedom lightly. He cuts down the tree at his own risk. Like other parties, it declares itself tolerant, while being intolerant of certain points of view. He proclaims freedom, while rejecting freedom of conscience for those who disagree. The new fundamentalism demands a strict adherence to the new social orthodoxy – grabbing the fruit while chopping down the tree. He leaves no common cause around which to unite.

Without the tree, there will be no more fruit. Without Christian history, there is a danger that ideas about freedom, forgiveness, and even the very notion of what it is to be human will wither and die. If we as a society want the fruit, we have to protect the tree.

Peter Lynas is a former lawyer and UK director of the Evangelical Alliance

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