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Another Day, Another Case of UK Thuggery

Mar 24, 2009

It is getting to the place where one could set up a full time blog, chronicling the daily instances of UK fascism. It could be called, “The Nation Formerly Known as Great Britain” or some such thing. It seems that the PC thought police are working overtime there to suppress any dissent and wipe out all traces of biblical Christianity.

The latest case of anti-Christian bigotry concerns an elderly couple who run a small hotel. They prefer only married couples to use double accommodation. Of course the homosexual activists have challenged this, and the pair is now being sued. Here is how the Daily Mail describes the situation:

“The Christian owners of a seaside hotel may be prosecuted after refusing to allow a gay couple to stay in a double room. Peter and Hazelmary Bull are facing an unprecedented court case under controversial new equality laws. Martyn Hall, who lives with his civil partner Steven Preddy, has lodged a county court claim for up to £5,000 in damages alleging ‘direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation’.”

“But the Bulls deny the charge, saying they have a long-standing policy of banning all unmarried couples, both heterosexual and gay, from sharing a bed at the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Marazion near Penzance in Cornwall. Mrs Bull, a 62-year-old great-grandmother, said that even her brother and his female partner had to stay in separate rooms when they visited the hotel. The Bulls, who have the backing of the Christian Institute, have operated their ‘married only’ policy since they bought the hotel in 1986.”

On their hotel website it says: “We have few rules but please note that out of a deep regard for marriage we prefer to let double accommodation to heterosexual married couples only.” But the homosexual storm troopers wanted to attack their Christian convictions. The story continues,

“Last August, the Bulls received a letter from Stonewall, the gay rights organisation, saying it had received a complaint and warning the hotel it was breaking the law. The following month Mr Preddy, from Bristol, rang to book a double room for two nights. Mrs Bull, who took the call, said last night that she had wrongly assumed that he would be staying with his wife before she accepted the booking.”

“When Mr Preddy and Mr Hall arrived, they were told by the manager, Bernie Quinn, that the hotel could not honour the booking. The couple told him he was acting illegally before leaving and reporting the incident to police. Mrs Bull insisted last night: ‘I have had people clearly involved in affairs and under-age people who have tried to book in here for sex, and I have refused them the same as I refused these gentlemen because I won’t be a party to anything which is an affront to my faith under my roof’.”

A solicitor for the hotel owners said that under “the European Convention on Human Rights, people are able to hold a religious belief and manifest it in the way they act”. But the way the EU is travelling these days, I would not expect to get too much support from them.

This is the same EU that recently sided with the German government against a Christian couple there who were jailed and their children forcibly removed. Their crime? They dared to homeschool their children, which is now illegal in Germany.

So it remains to be seen how this situation will play out. Just add it to the list of recent cases involving anti-Christian bigotry. Of course, all these cases are perpetrated in the name of tolerance and openness, but what we are really seeing is the rise of the modern police state.

Jolly old England is well on the way to becoming fascist new England. Each passing week now anti-faith and anti-family outrages are occurring there. It really is making life for Christians increasingly unbearable. There may soon be mass exoduses out of the UK – another round of convicts. This time they will be religious prisoners seeking freedom overseas.

As freedom of religion is slowly but surely being destroyed in England, either the jails will be filled with prisoners of conscience, or people will have to flee this once great nation. It is not looking very good. Who will stand up and be counted?

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1163810/Gay-couple-sue-Christians-barring-hotel-bed.html

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20 Responses to Another Day, Another Case of UK Thuggery

  • Bill thanks again for highlighting the important issues!

    As a British person I am deeply shamed by the course my nation has decided to take on these issues. The fact that a minority group can dictate their version of tolerance does indeed equate to a poice state.

    I wonder how far this will go before people realise that they are selling their God-given freedoms? I am truly glad to be living in Australia at this time.

    Richard Blake

  • Thanks Richard

    Mind you, Australia is not all that far behind Britain in terms of homosexual activism and anti-Christian bigotry. Part of the reason I write these pieces is to warn others that we are inevitably heading down the same path, unless we wake out of our slumber and actually do something about these alarming trends.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Even as you read this the British government is going to force through a bill that will make it a criminal offence, liable to up to seven years in prison, to cause offense or distress to homosexuals. I wish to present evidence in defence of Lord Waddinton’s inclusion of a free speech clause to the homophobic hatred amendment that was inserted into the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act, May 2008 and that now forms section 29JA in the Public Order Act 1986 which read as follows:

    “In this Part, for the avoidance of doubt, the discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practices or the urging of persons to refrain from or modify such conduct or practices shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred.”

    The Prime minister Gordon Brown, not content with the passing of Lord Waddington‘s amendment, barely a year old now, is determined to overturn it by replacing it with a clause in the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009—clause 58—that will remove section 29JA in the Public Order Act 1986 and thus censor anyone, voicing criticism or urging discretion with regard to any sexual practice – principally that of homosexuals.
    But surely it is the homosexual lobby that chooses to distinguish itself from all other minority groups by this legislation and thus if they insist on being treated as a privileged group, it is only reasonable, in a rational universe, to use our discretion and voice our reservations with regard to what Jack Straw describes as their human rights.

    We also need urgently to view the context into which clause 58 of the Coroners and Justice Bill is being introduced and the manner in which it is again being debated in a disgracefully shortened period of time. I believe this clause, that sounds so insignificant, tucked away as it in a larger one, will have the most devastating consequences for Britain and our children. There will be no area of our lives where it will not have a destructive impact; our children stand to lose everything.

    The philosopher Will Durant, speaking of the journey that our civilisation took from barbarism to civilisation, said that it had required centuries, but “the journey from civilisation to barbarism needs but a day.” His words were echoed in 2007 at the end of the debate on Gay Adoption by Gerald Howarth MP when he said “Tony Blair has given us 20 months to adapt 2,000 years of Christian teaching. It’s unacceptable.” Gordon Brown and Jack Straw will give a scant few minutes to sign away centuries of hard won freedom.

    One would have thought that progress would be building on the efforts of our ancestors like Latimer, Ridley and Cranmer to create a more just and righteous society, whereas clause 58 would at a stroke deny all that they and others, like Shaftsbury and Willberforce, had done to set the prisoner free from physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual slavery. After 12 years in government, the crowing achievement of the Labour party be to put someone in prison precisely for simply urging a man to refrain from putting his penis into the waste passage of another man and for trying to save a person from the prison of sado- masochist bondage. http://www.christian.org.uk/issues/2008/family/stonewall_18apr08.htm

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=MHfASeNV2UQ&feature=related (The kind of justice that Ian McKellen is asking for: prison for pastor Ake Green)

    It is Anthony Charles Lynton Blair who after 11 years in power has brought Britain to a point where our prisons are full http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2038409/Warnings-of-rioting-as-prison-population-surges.html and who has recently come out with this staggering statement:
    http://www.christian.org.uk/news/20090306/blair-walks-by-as-his-legacy-hits-christians/

    And now Gordon Brown wants to add to the number by sending Christians into prison for up to seven years. The Home secretary will be forced to release murderers and rapists in order to make room for them and other Christian dissenters like the 78 year old Edward Atkinson, who even as I write, languishes in Norwich Prison for continuing to expose the genocide take place in Britain’s abortion clinics and who is still denied the right to proper hospital treatment for his hips.

    On any scale this is not so much a walking by of a Pharisee, but the equivalent of Pontius Pilate washing his hands. No amount of washing on his part will clean his hands.

    David Skinner, UK

  • Just got back from the UK. Their whole society is in trouble and these laws are a symptom of that. They even are allowing sharia courts to operate for certain judgements. Conveniently in place for the muslim takeover! Then the homsexual lobby will get a BIG shock!
    Lou d’Alpuget

  • I hope that any refugees from England who come to Australia will roll up their sleeves in the way you have, Bill, so that the little margin of extra freedom we have here can be maintained, and then increased, God willing.
    Michael Casanova

  • The West seems to be slipping into spiritual darkness with the UK leading the way. Will Australia wake up in time? I’d like to think so.
    Here is another example of the Christian bashing in the UK

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/jonathanwynnejones/blog/2008/08/13/channel_four_gives_christianity_the_big_brother_treatment

    It makes the Christian out to look so weak and irrelevent.

    Keith Lewis

  • Just another thought Bill. The UK when it was a strong empire back in the early 1900’s was charged with assisting with the establishment of the State of Isreal according to the Balfour Declaration. She agreed but then quietly sided with the Arab nations out of political expediency. Could we be seeing God’s hand punishing the UK for her betrayal? We have seen a rapid decline of this once great empire since then, and now Islam is becoming a thorn in her side.
    Keith Lewis, Ballart

  • A very helpful article, Bill. It’s truly a pointing to the signs of the time, but sadly what chance is there of us in doing anything to stop this immoral cultural shift; after all, the blood of 90,000 unborn babies a year bears testimony that we don’t really give a damn about defending anything important (particularly those of us who profess to be Christians). It is truly a time for serious reflection, repentance, prayer and righteous action — what ever the cost!
    Trevor Grace

  • Yes, as each day passes, with yet another piece of news that ought to bring us Christians to our knees instead of re-arranging the pew chairs, it is a natural response to become defeatist and yet there is a little word that appears often in the Bible and that is “but.”

    We forget that God is the God of history, the Alpha and the Omega. We are not having a “Home Alone” moment, though for many of us that is the way we have happily lived our lives – for some years now. “But” God is around, busily working in the shed, in the attic – I just caught a glimpse of him passing the window. Let’s get out of bed and get moving. We do after all live in extraordinary times. There is stuff to do.

    And let us not forget that thousands of fellow Christians around the world, like those who live North Korean, are presently experiencing a level of persecution and suffering that many of us could not even imagine. Maybe its time we joined Open Doors, Barnabus, CSW or other such organisations, just to get things into God’s perspective and show solidarity with them. For soon it could be our turn to need others to pray for us.

    David Skinner, 50 degrees 54′ North, 2 degrees 14′ West

  • Thanks David

    Actually I have been thinking similar thoughts lately.

    On Friday I went to hear Baroness Caroline Cox from the UK. She has dedicated her life to helping the persecuted church. Her stories are incredible. As you say, to hear of the suffering of believers – whether in North Korea, or Indonesia, or Darfur – helps to put our own problems into perspective, and helps us to get our priorities right.

    One write-up about her can be found here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/tc/1998/janfeb/8r1075.html

    Her organisation, The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) can be visited here: http://www.hart-uk.org/

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • So true, Bill. This elderly couple are taking a stand that we are all required to take. God’s word is very specific about immorality of all kinds. For this vicious lobby to move in to destroy them for it displays exactly the kind of spirit they’re operating out of. There is nothing benevolent or harmless about this lobby. They mean to eliminate Christianity from society. And even as the government of the U.K. seeks to purge every last trace of the Christian foundations that made them great, the Muslims are moving in in force. Here is a clip, very short, that will stun you by the naked ambition of the Muslims who are moving in to lay claim on that spiritually impoverished nation.
    Throughout history, God has often used a barbarian people to bring His wrath.
    Dee Graf

  • I don’t know if you’ve heard about this, but here’s another example of UK idiocy for you:

    http://endtimespropheticwords.wordpress.com/2009/03/23/us-christian-ministers-deported-from-the-uk/

    Alison Keen

  • Thanks Alison

    Yes I had heard of that one as well. As I say, it becomes a full time job just to keep up with all this madness, and to spread the word around. Thanks for the link.

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Thanks Bill I take your point that we need to stand up and be counted in protecting our rights to our values. But where is the leadership from the clergy? Indivudal action does not have the same impact as people power.

    Patrick Abrahams

  • I could not think of a better man to run the Tower of London – or for that matter Britain – than Sir Richard Dannatt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dannatt

    David Skinner, UK

  • Where are the outraged, un-married heterosexuals who were also declined a room? Do they now have recourse to sue the hotel owners as well? If so, it can’t be on sexual practice, surely.

    Mathew Hamilton, Victoria

  • It would be interesting to know that if a similar scenario could be found where the hotel owners were Muslim instead of Christian whether the homosexual activist lobby would try the same stunt? Unlikely.

    Ewan McDonald.

  • Thanks Bill. The developments almost leave one breathless. The Father really does want us to embrace his Son, and goes to great lengths, to bring us to him. As Forsyth’s illustration has it, ‘he moves in long orbits’:

    “The non-intervention of God bears very heavy interest, and He is greatly to be feared when He does nothing. He moves in long orbits, out of sight and sound. But He always arrives. Nothing can arrest the judgment of the Cross, nothing shake the judgment-seat of Christ” (P.T. Forsyth).

    When the Word of Life is rejected, all sorts of true and just judgments flow from the Father’s hand. This we can see.

    When the Word of Life is welcomed—as it once was in England, and Germany, and many other parts of Europe—then all sorts of blessings and benefits flow from the Father’s hand.

    Jesus commands us to ‘ask’. Open our eyes again Lord, to see you, and to so appreciate, what a wonderful legacy the Christian faith so graciously brought to so many lands.

    Many false agenda’s blind our nations—from ‘playing church’, to trying to muster up our own righteousness such as Islam does, right through to blindly pushing for an imaginary ideal without God, which the secular (death-by-wrong-sex) state does. Lord have mercy.

    Trevor Faggotter

  • Thanks Bill for informing us about this. It is nice to be able to encourage them personally, via their website, when alerted to their plight. Send messages of encouragement folks, let them know that they are supported!
    Teresa Binder

  • Thought police muscle up in Britain
    Hal G. P. Colebatch
    The Australian 21 April 2009

    BRITAIN appears to be evolving into the first modern soft totalitarian state. As a sometime teacher of political science and international law, I do not use the term totalitarian loosely.

    The Government is pushing ahead with legislation that will criminalise politically incorrect jokes, with a maximum punishment of up to seven years’ prison. The House of Lords tried to insert a free-speech amendment, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw knocked it out.

    In the past 10 years I have collected reports of many instances of draconian punishments, including the arrest and criminal prosecution of children, for thought-crimes and offences against political correctness.

    There are no concentration camps or gulags but there are thought police with unprecedented powers to dictate ways of thinking and sniff out heresy, and there can be harsh punishments for dissent.

    In September 2006, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, Codie Stott, asked a teacher if she could sit with another group to do a science project as all the girls with her spoke only Urdu. The teacher’s first response, according to Stott, was to scream at her: “It’s racist, you’re going to get done by the police!” Upset and terrified, the schoolgirl went outside to calm down. The teacher called the police and a few days later, presumably after officialdom had thought the matter over, she was arrested and taken to a police station, where she was fingerprinted and photographed. According to her mother, she was placed in a bare cell for 3 1/2 hours. She was questioned on suspicion of committing a racial public order offence and then released without charge. The school was said to be investigating what further action to take, not against the teacher, but against Stott. Headmaster Anthony Edkins reportedly said: “An allegation of a serious nature was made concerning a racially motivated remark. We aim to ensure a caring and tolerant attitude towards pupils of all ethnic backgrounds and will not stand for racism in any form.”

    A 10-year-old child was arrested and brought before a judge, for having allegedly called an 11-year-old boya “Paki” and “bin Laden” during a playground argument at a primary school (the other boy had called him a skunk and a Teletubby). When it reached the court the case had cost taxpayers pound stg. 25,000. The accused was so distressed that he had stopped attending school. The judge, Jonathan Finestein, said: “Have we really got to the stage where we are prosecuting 10-year-old boys because of political correctness? There are major crimes out there and the police don’t bother to prosecute. This is nonsense.”

    Finestein was fiercely attacked by teaching union leaders, as in those witch-hunt trials where any who spoke in defence of an accused or pointed to defects in the prosecution were immediately targeted as witches and candidates for burning.

    Jonathan Sarfati, Brisbane

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