From THE CHRISTIAN POST:
In an interview published Sunday, Trevor Phillips, the Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Britain, angered Christians by saying many groups that argue against homosexuality were only doing so to gain political advantage. According to the Sunday Telegraph Phillips said, “There are some Christian organisations who basically want to have a fight and therefore they're constantly defining the ground in such a way that anyone who doesn't agree wholly agree with them about everything is essentially a messenger from Satan.”
He continued: “I think for a lot of Christian activists, they want to have a fight and they choose sexual orientation as the ground to fight it on. I think that whole argument isn't about the rights of Christians. It's about politics. It's about a group of people who really want to have weight and influence and they've chosen that particular ground. Personally I don't know why they don't choose ground that really is defending Christian values. I wish they'd choose gambling or human trafficking or something,” he said.
Phillips stoked controversy further referring to growing African and Caribbean congregations as having “old time” views that put them at odds with mainstream Britain.
He said, “If you come from an Afro-Caribbean Christian background the attitudes to homosexuality are unambiguous, they are undiluted, they are nasty and in some cases homicidal.”
The U.K. Evangelical Alliance led the way in criticizing Phillip’s comments, saying in a statement released on its website that “Phillips' analysis is in some areas defective.”
“Sadly Mr Phillips fails to appreciate that this expression of Christian belief is at the heart of the mainstream, historic and orthodox Christian church that is growing rapidly in every continent,” the statement expressed.
Phillips was unsympathetic to the situation Catholic adoption agencies found themselves in. He told The Sunday Telegraph: “You're offering a public service and you're a charity and there are rules about how charities behave. You have to play by the rules. We can't have a set of rules that apply to one group of people simply because they happen to think it's right.”
COMMENT: It's not the fact that evangelicals think they are right and everybody else is wrong that makes them uniquely dangerous - we all think that. It's not the fact that they think everyone else is going to hell as Anglo-Catholics just as easily condemn evangelicals to eternal torment although, to be honest, this is mainly because they think evangelicals have absolutely no style, which is definitely an unforgivable sin. The reason why evangelicals are so dangerous is that they are not content to gain the freedom to worship God in the way they think is right. Their ultimate aim is to take away the freedom of all who disagree with them and legally force them to do it their way as well. To achieve this end they have to be political, not just within the host churches they attach themselves to but also within secular governance.