frgavin on January 11th, 2010

By Jenna Lyle, Christian Today

LONDON – Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey says Christians are too soft and need to toughen up.

In an interview on BBC 5 Live’s breakfast program this week, he said Christians needed to speak up about their beliefs.

“I think we need a tougher church,” he said.

“We Christians are very often so soft that we allow other people to walk over us and we are not as tough in what we want, in expressing our beliefs, because we do not want to upset other people. We have got to be more outspoken.”

Lord Carey went on to stress the importance of preserving the country’s Christian heritage and democratic values.

His comments follow those of his successor, Dr. Rowan Williams, who said last month that the government treated religious believers as “oddballs.” Williams, considered the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, called on politicians to be more outspoken about their religious convictions and defend faith in the public square.

Lord Carey is a member of the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, which this week called for a cap on the number of migrants coming to the United Kingdom.

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