This is not persecution

MR G N Evans complains that ‘people who try to live a Christian way of life are being persecuted’ (July 15).

Is he and other Christians being prevented from attending their places of worship? Do bishops of the established church not sit in the House of Lords as of right? Prayers are said at the opening of Parliament and most local council meetings. A large amount of religious (mainly Christian) propaganda is broadcast every week.

Despite the privileges and advantages they enjoy, churches are closing or merging. Attendance at services continues to decline. The Sunday School movement has almost reached vanishing point while the average age of Anglican church membership in most areas is over 60.

It is not persecution but public indifference that should be of concern to Mr Evans and his fellow Christians.

W J McIlroy, Hove