A Risk to Women & LGBTQ+ Rights
In May 2023, two members of the Westminster cabinet attended a Christian nationalist event in London organized by the Christian Institute, a conservative Christian group. The event featured notable speakers such as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and former Prime Minister, David Cameron. In addition, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, and Nadine Dorries, the Minister for Digital Culture, Media and Sport, were both present at the event.
Rees-Mogg, a "Christian socialist," has been a vocal critic of same-sex marriage and abortion. Dorries, who believes "God is the author of all truth," holds similar Christian beliefs. However, their attendance at the event has sparked criticism from some who accuse them of promoting a religious ideology through their positions in government. Despite this, Rees-Mogg and Dorries defend their attendance, stating they were there to listen and learn about the Christian Institute's work.
The Christian Institute advocates for conservative Christian values and campaigns on same-sex marriage, abortion, and religious education. However, their views have been criticized by some who believe they do not align with most Britons. Some within the conservative Christian movement oppose contraception access for women and are against same-sex relationships and adoption by same-sex couples. They also advocate for the right to deny service to LGBTQ+ individuals based on religious beliefs.
The attendance of Rees-Mogg and Dorries at the Christian nationalist event highlights the growing influence of Christian nationalism in the UK. This movement seeks to merge Christian and British identity and is often associated with right-wing politics and opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion. Some are concerned that the rise of Christian nationalism could lead to the erosion of religious freedom and minority rights.