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Published On: Tue, Aug 7th, 2012

Alan Judd, advisor to Sec State of Education in UK, says Evangelicals like totalitarian Muslims

Evangelical Christians have been labelled extremist, and compared to “totalitarian Muslims” by a senior British government advisor. Alan Judd, an advisor to the Secretary of State for Education, was commenting on recent free school applications by Evangelical Christians.

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Mr Judd’s comments were strongly refuted by the Evangelical Alliance, which said the comments demonstrate a “woeful lack of religious understanding at the heart of government”.

Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, countered saying “It is wrong and worrying that a senior government advisor brands evangelical Christians as extremist.

“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.”

Mr Judd, writing in The Telegraph last month, said: “To ban believers from setting up free schools would be to exclude a large number of able, well-meaning and experienced people who can do much to raise levels generally”.

“The trouble is, as always, when it’s taken to extremes, whether it’s evangelical Christians, totalitarian Muslims or segregationist Jews.

“Such applications need careful vetting, not because there shouldn’t be far-out religious and ideological beliefs, but because the taxpayer shouldn’t pay to propagate them – and because children should be able to participate in a wider society without having their horizons narrowed by fundamentalism.”

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