Once again I am offering a Chuck Colson article for your consideration. When I read this article I was reminded of the Hate Crimes Legislation and how far it can be carried. So the answer to the question of can it happen here is certainly in the affirmative. Given the ideology of the current administration one could say that the scenario is not too far fetched. The current administration has already set aside a week for Gay Lesbian and transgender recognition, is pushing health benefits for gay government employees, is pushing to mandate that religious groups such as the Salvation Army doing non-profit community work must hire individuals regardless of sexual preference. The next step… government run churches? You decide.
Can It Happen Here?
Thank heavens things like that don’t happen in the West, you may be thinking. Think again. In
According to the Daily Telegraph, starting next year, the British government is going to begin forcing churches and other religious institutions to hire open, practicing homosexuals. It will happen under the provisions of the so-called Equity Bill, which forbids discrimination against homosexuals or transsexuals.
The law would “cover almost all church employees,” according to Deputy Equities Minster Maria Eagle. “The circumstances in which religious institutions can practice anything less than full equality are few and far between,” Eagle said. Church groups, she said, “cannot claim that everything they run is outside the scope of anti-discrimination law.”
What’s next—regulating the content of sermons? I’m not kidding. According to Eagle, “Members of faith groups have a role in making the argument in their own communities for greater” acceptance of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people.
Maybe it would simplify things if the government simply wrote the sermons for the pastors.
The Equity Law could lead to some interesting situations. What happens if a church, under pressure, hires a gay youth minister—and orders him to teach kids about the sinfulness of homosexual behavior? And I can only imagine the reaction of a British mosque when the religion police orders it to hire a lesbian secretary.
Neil Addison, a Catholic barrister who is an expert on religious discrimination laws, told the Telegraph that the Equity Law “is a threat to religious liberty.” “What we are losing,” he said, “is the right for [churches] to make free choices.”
He’s right. To put it more bluntly, the government is beginning to run the churches. And if they succeed, it will be the end of religious freedom in
Legislation like the Equity Law should concern Americans. So-called “social reforms” that begin in
And then, what will happen to the Church?
The Bible teaches that the followers of Christ will be tested. We ought to be in prayer for the church in
Second, we ought to be preparing for similar laws here. Many churches are already under great pressure by homosexual activists to violate their own teachings under the guise of “fairness”—a much abused word.
This, by the way, is not a hysterical rant. The threat is very real.
Third, we ought to remind our neighbors that the First Amendment was written not just to protect the government from churches, but more so to protect churches from the government.