The decline of Christianity has given way to a “censored and authoritarian” secular public morality

Free Speech Union director Toby Young in conversation with Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute.

The “God-shaped hole left by the decline of Christianity” has given way to a “censored and authoritarian” secular public morality, said free speech campaigner Toby Young.

This “woke” morality leads to the nullification of Orthodox Christians and others who dare to challenge it, he warns in an interview with The Christian Institute published today.

Young, director of the Free Speech Union, said the dominant “woke cult” was led by a “feverish group of leftist identities” who had borrowed the “bad bits” of Christianity, while leaving behind the good ones.

“They touched on many aspects of Christianity,” he said.

“It’s like the Christian tide has gone out, so it’s left some things behind.

“And these have been picked up by people to help fill the kind of God-shaped hole left by the decline of Christianity and the decline of Christian worship.

“But they took the bad bits and left out the good ones.”

Unlike Christianity, Young said many of the people who fall foul of cancel culture are Orthodox Christians.

“We have embraced this new secular public morality, which is … much more puritanical, censorious and authoritarian than the seemingly much softer Christian public morality, which has at least allowed for forgiveness and a way back,” he said. at The Christian Institute. Simon Calvert.

“That’s why if you don’t subscribe to the shibboleths of the ‘awakened church’ you end up being kicked out and oddly enough many people who find themselves disagreeing with the articles of faith of the new public morality are orthodox Christians . .”

Young admitted that his own cancellation experience had been “really difficult” and said the “cancel culture” had “metastasized” over the past two decades to the point where it became “kind of a such a global scourge” on society. .

“One of the attractive aspects of modern Christianity is this distinction between sin and sinner. And if you transgress, but you are penitent, then you can be readmitted into the community.

“But in the ‘Woke Church,’ there is no forgiveness. Once you’ve transgressed, that’s it. You’re cast out, and there’s no turning back.

“So…after a brief interlude, one public moral has been replaced by another, and if you do not subscribe to the articles of faith of that public moral, you are now an outcast, probably more outcast than you were if you didn’t sign the Articles of Christian Faith in the 19th century, early 20th century.”

Young was interviewed as part of the Christian Institute’s “In Conversation With” series on YouTube. The full video can be viewed here.

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