Catholic Archbishop of Sydney George Pell has claimed anti-Christian persecution is rising as gay activists push for anti-discrimination laws and same-sex marriage.

Giving the inaugural Hilary Tern Lecture at Oxford University’s Divinity School earlier this month, Pell said religious exemptions in anti-discrimination laws were being eroded by the courts in Australia and abroad.

The legalisation of same-sex marriage has momentous potential to curtail religious freedom, he said.

Believers should not be treated by government and the courts as a tolerated and divisive minority whose rights must always yield to the minority secular agenda, especially when religious people are overwhelmingly in the majority.

Pell went on to attack the sexual liberation of the ’60s for creating confusion over God’s role in the world.

He also accused gay rights advocates in the US of using violence, vandalism and intimidation against religious groups over the Prop 8 same-sex marriage ban.

info: Read Cardinal George Pell’s full speech online at the Archbishop’s website.

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