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Tim Farron MP made the headlines during the 2017 general election campaign as leader of the Liberal Democrat party, although it was not, in fact, politics that generated the headlines but repeated attempts by the mainstream media to get him to express an opinion on whether gay sex was compatible with Christian faith. He announced he would step down as party leader following the election, stating that he had become “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader”. Many hold strong opinions on the issue but it raised an even more important question: What happens when my truth is not yours?
Giving the annual Theos lecture in Nov 2017 Farron observed: “If you actively hold a faith that is more than an expression of cultural identity… you are deemed to be far worse than eccentric. You are dangerous. You are offensive.” People had been, he said, “surprised and confused” that a liberal politician could also be an evangelical Christian. He concluded: “Liberalism isn’t very liberal any more” and “has eaten itself”, adding that “many who declare themselves to be liberals really aren’t”. … “People talk about shared values today. But when they do, what they mean is ‘These are my values – and I am going to act as though they are also yours, and will demonstrate contempt for you if you depart from them.'”
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