Criminalizing Christianity

1For decades the growing narrative from the homosexual lobby was to convince Americans that peace would reign if social conservatives could just get with the program.   The Supreme Court did just that by creating yet more phantom special “rights” for less than 2% of the U.S. populations, while totally ignoring the future unintended consequences of their decision.

A simple look at the last ten years of same-sex ‘marriage’ laws in Canada and other nations shows that rather than bring into being a new utopia, redefining marriage leads to further restrictions on religious liberty as well as undermining parental rights.

The ardent determination of homosexual activists to make all criticism of homosexuality illegal has led to passage of hate speech laws which prosecutes people for what they think. By silencing all opposition, advocates for the normalization of homosexuality have the public square entirely to themselves, with defenders of biblical sexuality and the traditional family left without a voice and risking prosecution for any language or argument deemed offensive by the guardians of political correctness.

Thanks to Obama and his leftist ilk, and now the Supreme Court, our free speech is threatened. In Canada, Australia, and many European countries where hate laws prevail, it is only a memory

Just 3 months after Canada legalized homosexual marriage, a lesbian couple filed a human rights complaint against a Roman Catholic men’s organization for refusing to rent them a hall for their same-sex “wedding. A teacher had his license suspended for a month for writing a letter, on his own time, to a local newspaper outlining Christian teaching on homosexuality. A Bishop was threatened with the loss of his church’s charitable tax status for writing a pastoral letter pointing out that a Catholic politician was wrong in his support of abortion and gay marriage. Marriage commissioners were told they would perform same-sex weddings or be fired.  A Saskatchewan man, was charged by a human rights tribunal with hate speech and ordered to pay two homosexuals $17,500 in damages for “hurt feelings,” because he distributed a flyer that contained warnings against the dangers of a homosexual lifestyle.

Biblical preaching is now also a crime in Sweden. Ake Green, pastor of a Pentecostal congregation in Kalmar, Sweden, was sentenced to one month in prison on a charge of inciting hatred against homosexuals during a sermon.  Since being enacted, the hate speech law was updated to include “insults” making it easier to prosecute anyone who offended immigrants, Islam or anyone in “power.”

In Spain, the terms “mother” and “father” were removed from birth certificates in 2006 in order to “not harm the feelings of same-sex couples getting married. In 2012 a trio of socialist politicians targeted a Catholic bishop for “homophobia” for discussing Catholic doctrine on homosexuality. They also asked the Spanish Episcopal Conference to remove him from his position as head of the diocese. Just last year Spain decided to use their hate speech laws to target users of twitter. And, this year, the senate voted to push forward with controversial changes to the country’s public security laws, cracking down on Spaniards’ rights of freedom of assembly and expression despite opposition from activists and human rights groups.

Beginning to get the picture?

In America, freedom is considered sacrosanct. However, it is scary to see how similar some of this country’s laws are to the ones described above. Religious liberty, freedom of speech and property rights have already been torched in New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and elsewhere as nondiscrimination laws provide state-sanctioned discrimination against supporters of traditional marriage.

Even before the ink was dry on the Supreme Court’s decision, the ACLU dropped its support of the Clinton era Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed to protect religious beliefs, declaring open season on Christians and conservatives.

The fight is only over if we allow it to be over.   Congress has the power to make exception to and regulations of the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court as granted in the Exception Clause, Art. 111, Section 2. In other words, Congress can pass a law stripping the Court of their right to redefine marriage, if they so choose.   And, believe me when I say they will only “choose” to do so if enough voters threaten their power structure.

“If even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I even joined an opinion for the Court that began: “the Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain special rights…, I would hide my head in a bag.  The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.”  Justice Scalia, Footnote 22

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