Some of you may have seen last week’s news that several British Christians are appealing their cases to the European Court of Human Rights after losing a series of discrimination cases in the UK. The UK has followed several other European countries (France, most notably) by implementing laws to privatize the effects of religious beliefs and the display of religious symbols. This trend is – to grossly understate the issue – problematic.

Perhaps even more problematically, though, it is a trend that has gone almost entirely unquestioned, as McFarlane’s comments aptly illustrate. Perhaps this will be the first move towards resolving a “tension” (as one commentator so delicately put it) that desperately needs attention. In the meantime, Christians would do well to start observing (and responding to) these trends, rather than expecting them to work out or acting like they are unimportant.