Strings attached

In announcing the review, which is due to be completed by Easter, the Foreign Office acknowledges that ministers have failed to offer the same level of support as to other persecuted minorities. “Britain already stands up for minorities across the world, including Jehovah’s Witnesses and Yezidis, and the foreign secretary is keen that Christians are offered the same level of backing,” an official said.’

So The Times on new initiatives by Jeremy Hunt. Good news, you will say, and not before time. But there may be more to the announcement than meets the eye.

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes. The support of the British Foreign Office generally comes with a demand for a quid pro quo – in particular demands that those supported should adhere to ’Western Values’ (which generally means the LGBT agenda).

Persecuted Christians  – in the Middle East, for example – may well find themselves caught between militant Islam on the one hand and intolerant post-Enlightenment paganism on the other.  

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