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Tory Manifesto: Evangelicals warn extremism pledge could target Christians

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Evangelicals are warning Conservative plans to counter extremism could lead to Christians being denounced for not holding ‘correct’ views on issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

The Tory manifesto promised a Commission for Countering Extremism ‘to identify examples of extremism and expose them’ and ‘promote pluralistic values’.

The Christian Institute warns plans to counter extremism could lead to conservative views on gay marriage being labelled extremist.Reuters

The Christian Institute is warning the Commission could be used by activists to target for ‘witch-hunts against people with traditional views’ and says the Conservatives have ‘a lot of questions to answer’.

The previous 2015 Tory manifesto pledged Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) and promised to ‘tackle all forms of extremism, including non-violent extremism’. Although abandoned during government, this would have allowed people with extremist views to be banned from social media and the internet.

The 2017 Conservative manifesto did not specifically suggest targeting

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