The 'woeful lack of religious understanding at the heart of government'
It is wrong and worrying that a senior government advisor brands evangelical Christians as extremist (Alan Judd, 19 July). There are approximately 2 million evangelical Christians in the UK , the fastest growing part of the church worldwide. They take their faith seriously, but that does not make them extremist. To suggest it does demonstrates a woeful lack of religious understanding at the heart of government.
Evangelical Christians are at the heart of their community. The churches that are members of the Evangelical Alliance contribute half a million hours of service a week to their communities. In fact, the more important a Christian thinks their faith is, the more likely they are to engage with the world around them. Evangelical Christians work hard to alleviate poverty, counter injustice and care for the vulnerable.
Letting evangelical Christians run schools is not just a matter of equality: it is letting the people who know their communities best work to make them even better.
General Director, Evangelical Alliance
What is even more telling, of course, is the silence emanating from the Department for Education on this matter: there has been no retraction, correction or apology from Mr Judd or any spokesperson. Now, if this had been a complaint on behalf of Britain's 2.8million Muslims, who also tend to take their faith seriously without it making them extremist...