Devout and active people of faith are considered as "dangerous" and "offensive" in the modern UK, former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said in his speech to the Theos think tank on Nov. 28.
During his speech on Tuesday evening, Farron said a "unifying set of British values" does not exist and that people nowadays act hostile against those who do not share their personal beliefs and values. He added that social media also shows a society which is quick to condemn, judge, take offense, and offend others, BBC News relayed.
"If you actively hold a faith that is more than an expression of cultural identity ... you are deemed to be far worse than eccentric," Farron told the think tank in London. "You are dangerous. You are offensive."
In addition, Farron admitted that he showed a lack of wisdom during the campaign period when he was addressing questions about his faith. He said people were confused when they encountered a liberal politician who was also an evangelical Christian.
In June, Sky News reported that Farron had stepped down as the leader of the Liberal Democrats amidst persistent questions about his Christian beliefs. He explained that he thought he could not function as a committed believer and a leader of the party at the same time.
When he spoke to his staff at their headquarters in London, Farron said he found himself torn between staying faithful to his Christian faith and serving in politics. However, he acknowledged that a "better, wiser person" could have been able to do both things.
Farron's announcement came in the wake of criticisms regarding his failure to answer questions on his beliefs on homosexuality. While he clarified his support for LGBT rights, he failed to indicate in an interview whether he believed that homosexuality was a sin.
Eventually, Farron revealed that he did not see homosexuality as a sin. Nevertheless, the questions on the issue persisted.