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Even More Attacks on Faith and Freedom

Jun 6, 2012

Well it’s been a week or two, so the collection of yet more outrageous cases of anti-Christian bigotry by the homosexual militants is building up. So to clear this backlog (temporarily), I better run through some of the most recent examples of this homosexual fascism.

As I have said so often now, the activists know full well that everything will change when homosexual marriage gets foisted and forced upon a nation. Special rights for homosexuals always mean the rights of the majority are stamped upon.

The militants are lying through their teeth when they claim such radical social engineering changes will impact no one. They know that everyone will be adversely affected, especially the churches. And that is their goal: to completely shut down all churches and anything or anyone else that dares to oppose their agenda.

So consider these recent shockers. You might want to be sitting down first however. Consider Exhibit A: “A ruling from Judge Tim L. Garcia in the New Mexico Court of Appeals says states can require Christians to violate their faith in order to do business, affirming a penalty of nearly $7,000 for a photographer who refused to take pictures at a lesbian ‘commitment’ ceremony in the state where same-sex ‘marriage’ was illegal.

“Judges Cynthia Fry and James Wechsler joined in the ruling by Garcia, which involved Elane Photography, whose owners, Elaine and Jonathan Huegeunin, are Christians and declined to do photography for lesbians Vanessa Willock and another woman.

“The women complained under the state’s anti-discrimination requirements and a state commission, the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, imposed the penalty, which now has been affirmed by the appeals court judges. The judges explained in the 45-page ruling that the photography company is a ‘public accommodation’ and those cannot discriminate under state law based on ‘sexual orientation’.”

So even wedding photographers are not safe from the long reach of the militants and their judicial cronies. But wait, there’s more. Consider Exhibit B from England: “The Health Service has removed the word ‘dad’ from a pregnancy handbook for fear of offending gay and lesbian parents.

“Officials decided to use the term ‘partner’ throughout the 200-page guide, titled Ready Steady Baby, after receiving a complaint that ‘dad’ was discriminating against same-sex couples. But the omission of the word has angered some campaigners who claim that traditional family values are being undermined. The NHS feared that the term ‘dad’ may offend same sex couples and therefore replaced it with ‘partner’ (picture is posed by models)

“Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, said: ‘This is all part of an agenda to present as natural a type of family that cannot be created by natural means. The NHS should not be squandering taxpayers’ money to advance the cause of a minority interest group. No matter how much effort is made to present positive images of families headed by same-sex couples, the fact remains it takes a man and a woman to create a child’.”

There they go again: a miniscule percentage of the population holding the overwhelming to ransom. But we still need to consider Exhibit C: “A bill gagging therapists from pursuing same-sex attraction therapy with minors dissatisfied with their sexual orientation has passed the California state Senate. The controversial bill by Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu was amended for the fifth time before it was approved by state senators 23-13 along party lines. It will now go to the state Assembly.

“SB 1172 had initially made it a crime for a mental health professional to conduct sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) with a consensual client ‘by means of therapeutic deception,’ which was defined as ‘a representation by a psychotherapist that sexual orientation change efforts … can or will reduce’ homosexual conduct or desire. The latest version, which scrapped nearly the entire bill besides initial declarations, kept only the ban on SOCE for minors.”

So there you go folks: our enlightened social engineers running California want to deny any young person the right to leave a lifestyle he or she is unhappy with. They will remain trapped in this dead-end lifestyle whether they like it or not. So much for freedom of choice.

But it is not just the US and the UK that is guilty of this homosexual thuggery. Canada is a world leader in all this. Indeed, there has been so much loss of freedom and anti-Christian bigotry emanating from all their pro-homosexual legislation, that it really is becoming a new PC gulag.

Consider this chilling new article by veteran Canada observer, Michael Coren. I offer his opening paragraphs: “A considered and empathetic opposition to same-sex marriage has nothing to do with phobia or hatred, but that doesn’t stop Christians, conservatives, and anybody else who doesn’t take the fashionable line from being condemned as Neanderthals and bigots. This is a lesson that Canadians have learned from painful experience.

“Same-sex marriage became law in Canada in the summer of 2005, making the country the fourth nation to pass such legislation, and the first in the English-speaking world. In the few debates leading up to the decision, it became almost impossible to argue in defense of marriage as a child-centered institution, in defense of the procreative norm of marriage, in defense of the superiority of two-gender parenthood, without being thrown into the waste bin as a hater. What we’ve also discovered in Canada is that it can get even worse than mere abuse, and that once gay marriage becomes law, critics are often silenced by the force of the law.

“Although precise figures about gay marriages in Canada are elusive, there are thought to be fewer than 30,000, after an initial surge of around 10,000 as soon as the law was passed. But if large numbers of gay people failed to take advantage of the law, the law certainly took advantage of its critics. Again, definitive figures are almost impossible to state, but it’s estimated that, in less than five years, there have been between 200 and 300 proceedings — in courts, human-rights commissions, and employment boards — against critics and opponents of same-sex marriage. And this estimate doesn’t take into account the casual dismissals that surely have occurred.

“In 2011, for example, a well-known television anchor on a major sports show was fired just hours after he tweeted his support for ‘the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage.’ He had merely been defending a hockey player’s agent who was receiving numerous death threats and other abuse for refusing to support a pro-gay-marriage campaign. The case is still under appeal, in human-rights commissions and, potentially, the courts.”

His concluding paragraph contains words of warning which we all need to take to heart: “The Canadian litany of pain, firings, and social and political polarization and extremism is extraordinary and lamentable, and we haven’t even begun to experience the mid- and long-term results of this mammoth social experiment. I seldom say it, but for goodness’ sake learn something from Canada.”

Quite so. Learn from Canada, and California, and New Mexico, and the UK. All over the Western world as the homosexual juggernaut marches on, freedoms are being stripped away, religion is coming under attack, and conscience is being violated.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

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15 Responses to Even More Attacks on Faith and Freedom

  • We’re in a lot of trouble.

    Ross McPhee

  • Thanks Ross

    Yes we are all toast, unless we start to stand up and be counted. We need to work more and pray more, and see some victories coming though, as we just saw in Wisconsin:

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Thanks Bill for writing these articles, which have shaken me out of my complacency, and stirred me to pray more fervently.
    Scott McPhee

  • The issue addressed in this column provides a sufficient argument against the recognition of so called homosexual rights in any area, not just in marriage, i.e. the punishments being applied to conscientious objectors.
    In NSW, when adoption rights were granted to homosexual couples, there was at least a get-out clause for e.g. Catholic adoption agencies, such that they did not have to assign children to homosexual couples. This may reflect a certain traditional link between the Catholic Church and the NSW Labor party. But this is very much the exception. In England recently, when adoption laws were changed, the Catholic Church simply had to shut down its adoption agencies. Even in the US Nancy Pelosi, (who identifies herself as a Catholic) is arguing that military chaplains should not enjoy a conscientious objection clause to avoid performing same sex marriages.
    Hence in discussion with well meaning but ignorant friends, it might be useful occasionally to ask if they think that conscientious objectors should be punished. If they reply “Of course not”, it might be useful to ask why they never hear of homosexual activists protesting against such punishments. The homosexual agenda is not simply to be left alone but to enforce, by means of fines and imprisonment, compliance with their behaviour.
    Fr Luke Joseph.

  • I just heard that a female Liberal Party NSW parliamentarian who supported a ssm bill last week received a lot of hate mail. I wonder if they are calling people’s expression of dissent as hate mail. But what are they doing making laws about marriage in state parliaments anyway, I thought that belonged to the federal government according to section 51 of the federal constitution.
    By the way, we were warned 20 years ago, what happened in that time? How long have we got before the noose closes? Or has it closed already and we haven’t noticed?
    I stand on the word of Jesus ‘The gates of hell shall not prevail against it, the revelation of who Jesus is”.
    And that is due to His power and seal, not ours.
    Many blessings
    Ursula Bennett

  • Ursula,
    Some of the hate mail the MP received was truly stomach-churning. Someone even went to the length of calling her a ‘sinner’. She was also called a ‘disgrace’!
    In fact anyone, of any persuasion, who has a media column is likely to get some nasty mail occasionally. The Sydney Morning Herald (years ago Fred Hollows said he felt like calling it the Sydney Morning Homosexual) chose to highlight this particular MPs so-called hate mail (very tame compared to what Bill Muehelenberg receives, and of which he is the subject, and which of course is ignored by the Sydney Morning Herald), simply to imply that the typical person opposed to homosexual marriage is a dangerous psycopath. There was no provision for us to comment on the article on the SMH website.
    Fr Luke Joseph

  • Here’s the latest (you may have already seen this):

    Denmark has finally legislated the goal of all the activism.

    John Angelico

  • Thanks John

    This is horrific but par for the course. We have been warning about this for years. When will the churches wake up? Before it is too late? I wrote it up here:

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • Am I lazy or weak or both. My church sits on it`s hands over these issues, with their fingers in their ears, but here I read the scriptures, read articles, hear articulate encouragement but what do I do to show the light and reveal light to people? Bill, you do the hard work by enlightening us of what is going on. Please God, get me into gear so I can assist others in exposing the untruths and role model your love for all. I`d like to talk to our church in a way that they will listen, to encourage them (& me) to be doing something, but what are we to do, and how would Jesus be addressing those who seek to discredit His will for our lifestyle choices and politics.
    John Archer

  • Thanks John

    No easy answers on getting moribund churches and church leaders to wake up and get involved in these and related issues. Prayer is a good start, plus a one-on-one chat with the leadership. As to more practical things any individual can do to make a difference, see this:

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • David stood up to Goliath when he criticised his fellow men for allowing such a man to criticize their God. We are not in trouble we are just ineffectual. If all the Christians of this nation could be motivated. To stand on the steps of their state Parliaments and voice their opposition to this moral corruption. We might just stop it in it’s tracks

    Dennis Newland

  • I think you have an excellent point Dennis, I was only saying this very thing to someone the other day, cannot remember who it was now. The only thing is getting through to people in churches, too many of them seem to want to hide behind this – “We must not judge” routine. Another variation on your theme would be to get as many Christians as possible to write letters to their local and state mp’s telling them what to expect if they cannot show some real leadership and start supporting the majority rule.
    Steve Davis

  • I attend Perth Christian Life Centre and have done so for around 25 yrs. We have been sending so many emails and letters to our federal politicians that they should be snowed under. But are they listening? Satans power in this world has been becoming more and more to the fore in the last 30 years and it is powerful the way some politicians just cannot seem to be swayed from the homosexual propaganda that it’s all perfectly normal.
    I lost the friendship of a sister because she said (re:anal sex) how else can they show their love to each other?? In most ways she is a good caring woman but on this topic she won’t listen to reason. And that’s the problem when less than 10% of the population get hold of the Media machine. The Canadian psychiatrist that gets fined for trying to help a homosexual get back on track at his own request is accused of indoctrination. How is a child growing up with two same sex parents not going to be indoctrinated. Will they be prosecuted? We’ve had the stolen generation apology, and we are now trying to do the same for those children taken from their parents who were brought to Australia for a better life but ended up providing endless fodder for the warped pedophile predators of some institutions. Were their cries ever heard?
    How many years will pass before this latest homosexual institutionalised adoption blunder require yet another Too Late apology???
    We do the same things over and over again especially to the children who rarely have a voice and we always think we’re right.
    Dennis Newland

  • So many things to think about. A scary future for our children and their children and how quickly it’s come about!

    Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:16-18.

    Jo Deller

  • P.S. I have seen the stupid, immature attacks on Bill. If the gay/pro abortion/anti Christian lobby groups were so certain of their agenda they would not feel threatened by Bill and welcome free speech.

    Jo Deller

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