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English political leader steps down, says party stands incompatible with Christian faith

June 15, 2017

The leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party has resigned, saying that the party’s platform is no longer compatible with his Christian faith.

“To be a political leader, especially of a progressive liberal party in 2017, and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible’s teaching has felt impossible,” said Tim Farron. An Evangelical Christian, Farron said that “we are kidding ourselves if we think we yet live in a tolerant, liberal society.”

During the recent election campaign, Farron was repeatedly attacked—sometimes by members of his own party—for past statements indicating that he believed homosexual acts and abortion to be sinful.


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  • Posted by: - Jun. 16, 2017 1:09 PM ET USA

    Better to step down than to compromise one's beliefs. However, being a committed Christian should not shut a person out of serving their country.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Jun. 16, 2017 6:40 AM ET USA

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. May his courage serve as an example to all of us, since today's "culture" is incompatible with Christian faith and morals.

  • Posted by: mwean7331 - Jun. 15, 2017 11:30 PM ET USA

    Wow! a man who is willing to put his faith into action and not be intimidated by Satan's minions. What a breath of fresh air. We need a few of these in our political arena. God bless him.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 15, 2017 6:15 PM ET USA

    If all our politicians took that position, neither house of Congress would be able to muster a quorum to conduct business.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 15, 2017 1:19 PM ET USA

    An honest, thoughtful, and courageous man. Doesn't sit well with "service" as a politician. Whereas "compromise" is the hallmark of current politics, it is the death knell to theoretical and practical belief and service as a Christian. Prudential matters are open to compromises, but not faith and morals. Political discourse in modern Western society infringes more in the areas of faith and morals than it does in the realm of the prudential. Politicians should stay within their own sphere.