SET in 1984, the 2006 film The Lives of Others begins by pointing out that the Stasi, the secret police in Communist East Germany, had 100,000 employees and 200,000 informants.
That number of personnel stands to reason. The Stasi needed all those gumshoes and snoops because Marxism, being a doctrine motivated by hatred, supremely of Christianity, necessarily enforces itself by fear.
So no thinking person should be surprised by the recent spate of persecution of Christians marked by this Stasi-like combination of commissars and informants. This is happening especially in British educational institutions, dominated as they are now by cultural Marxists.
Currently awaiting a ruling by the Court of Appeal, Felix Ngole, a former Sheffield University social work student, was thrown off his course for stating his conviction during a Facebook debate in 2015 that ‘the Bible and God identify homosexuality as a sin’.
Mr Ngole could be fairly criticised for failing to make the distinction between homosexual orientation, which can be viewed as a temptation and therefore not sinful, and homosexual practice, which according to the Bible is.
But the anonymous informant who successfully got the university authorities to punish Mr Ngole would certainly have gone for him even if he had specified ‘homosexual practice’ as sinful.
The latest notorious case of Stasi-like persecution of Christians is that of Mrs Kristie Higgs, sacked as a pastoral assistant at a Gloucestershire secondary school for protesting against transgender teaching at her son’s Church of England primary school. Her cardinal sin against culturally Marxist dogma was to post a Facebook link to a Citizengo petition against ‘LGBT indoctrination’ of schoolchildren through the government’s new mandatory ‘relationships education’ programme. In her comment above the petition link, she declared: ‘They are brainwashing our children . . . Children will be taught that all relationships are equally valid and “normal”, so that same-sex marriage is exactly the same as traditional marriage, and that gender is a matter of choice, not biology, so that it’s up to them what sex they are.’
She added, rather prophetically in view of her subsequent treatment by her employers: ‘Teaching fundamental Christian beliefs, relating to the creation of men and women and marriage, will in practice become forbidden – because they conflict with the new morality.’
An anonymous informant accused her of posting ‘homophobic and prejudiced views’. As with Felix Ngole’s university authorities, the school commissars who sacked Mrs Higgs, deploying the characteristically Stasi-like pincer movement, agreed with the informant.
Thank the good Lord, there are still independent courts in Britain where such sackings can be contested, and the valiant Christian Legal Centre is supporting the Christians in both cases. There is also by God’s grace still a free press in this country where such Stasi-like behaviour can be exposed.
It is vitally important that Christians are at the forefront of the protests against the new informant-enforced Marxism that has, like a tapeworm, grown inside Britain’s educational institutions.
This is surely a matter of faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ who said to his followers (John 9v31-32 – NIV): ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’