The Leader of the UK Liberal Democrats has resigned his leadership position, citing his belief that it is impossible to be both a progressive and a Christian.
The Blaze reports:
One British politician has come to the conclusion that progressivism and Christian theology just don’t mix, and it’s led him to resign from his post as leader of the United Kingdom’s Liberal Democrats.
In fact, Tim Farron, head of the Liberal Democrats, said it is “impossible” to be simultaneously committed to his evangelical convictions and his party’s increasingly progressive platform. The politician said he has been “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader.”
. . . . “A better, wiser person than me may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to have remained faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment,” he explained.
But it was what Farron said next that will most assuredly undergird his legacy as a public servant: “To be a political leader — especially of a progressive, liberal party in 2017 — and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible’s teaching, has felt impossible for me.”
. . . . At the end of the day, Farron said while delivering his resignation speech, the endless questions about his Christian faith showed “we are kidding ourselves” if people believe the U.K. is a “tolerant, liberal society.”
“I’m a liberal to my fingertips, and that liberalism means that I am passionate about defending the rights and liberties of people who believe different things to me,” he said. “[E]ven so, I seem to be the subject of suspicion because of what I believe and who my faith is in.”