Monday, October 09, 2006

Christians Facing Prosecution for Comments on Homosexuality

I have ben growing increasingly worried by police ( and other government organisations) involvement in outlawing peaceful public debate about several issues, especially their intervention in discussion about the place of homosexuality in society. It smacks of facism or totalitarianism to me. and seems to spring from our government's deliberate attempt to impose its own liberal agenda on society. part an article by Father John Flynn
In many countries speaking out publicly against homosexuality leads to serious legal problems. And in the battle under way to protect freedom of speech for Christians to express their beliefs, the future is far from clear. A recent victory in Britain saw legal charges against Stephen Green dropped, the Telegraph newspaper reported Sept. 29. Green was arrested by police in early September after handing out pamphlets at a "Mardi Gras" homosexual festival in Cardiff, Wales. The pamphlet contained Bible verses about homosexuality. During a hearing before a magistrate's court last week, the Crown Prosecution Service announced it would not proceed with charges.
A Sept. 6 report in the Daily Mail newspaper quoted police as saying Green had not been violent or aggressive. His only offense was distributing the pamphlet. The article noted it was the latest in a series of police actions regarding opposition to homosexuality.
Writer Lynette Burrows was warned about a "homophobic incident" after she suggested on a BBC Radio Five Live program that homosexuals did not make ideal adoptive parents. A Christian couple in Lancashire were warned after they complained about their local council's policies in favor of homosexual rights. And police in London investigated Sir Iqbal Sacranie, a former leader of the Muslim Council of Britain, after he said in an interview that homosexuality was harmful. Police behavior regarding homosexuality was questioned by the Christian Institute in a press release dated Sept. 22. While action against Green was pending, the group noted that the Gay Police Association will not be prosecuted for publishing an advertisement that accused Christians of violent assaults on homosexuals. More than 40,000 complaints by the public were made about the advertisement, according to the Christian Institute.

EU pressure

The Green case could soon be followed by many others, if pending regulations proposed by the British government are approved. The Sexual Orientation Regulations would, among other provisions, make discrimination against homosexuals illegal. In a commentary published Oct. 2 in the Telegraph, Philip Johnston noted that the regulations were being introduced at the insistence of the European Union. After a process of consultation, which saw strong opposition from religious groups, the government will now consider whether to modify the proposed regulations. One of the problems involved, observed Johnston, is the conflict of rights.
Christians argue for their right to express views based on their religious beliefs, while homosexual groups want any opposition silenced on the grounds of prohibiting discrimination. "These are the murky waters that we enter when we seek to enshrine more and more 'rights' in legislation," Johnston concluded. The proposed regulations came under strong fire from Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien. In a homily to parliamentarians delivered June 14, he warned that the rules are "a threat to freedom of conscience" and "to religious freedom." The cardinal's words were delivered right at the heart of the British Parliament, in a crypt at the House of Commons. "Laws which are passed by any human authority must always respect the dignity of the human person and each person's integrity of conscience, whether that is a conscience formed by Christian principles or any other belief system," Cardinal O'Brien insisted. "The role of the state is overreached when it tramples legitimate moral freedoms and when it imposes values which are without rational and sociological merit." This lack of freedom was illustrated by a recent case in Scotland.
Nine firefighters from Strathclyde were disciplined after refusing to hand out safety leaflets at a "gay pride" march, the Guardian reported Sept. 1. The march took place in June. As punishment, the firefighters were ordered to undergo intensive "diversity training." One of the men was reduced in rank, consequently losing around 5,000 pounds ($9,400) in salary. Writing in the Sunday Herald on Sept. 3, Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow explained that while homosexuals, along with all other groups, should be given fire-safety advice, the place to do this is not at a carnival-type festival. The firefighters, he noted, were aware that by going to the event they "would be subjected to cat-calls, inappropriate comments and, for some of them, gross insults to their religious beliefs." The archbishop said that the real reason for handing out the material at the march "was not to offer life-saving advice to the individuals present -- it was to enable the brigade as an institution to be seen as tolerant, 'embracing diversity' and politically correct." The tolerance, however, did not extend to the firefighters' beliefs.


Anonymous said...

I know Stephen Green quite well, and I understand that he intends to sue the police, as do the couple in Lancashire.

Mind you, the sexual equality regulations should be easy to dispose of, precisely because they are regulations and must, as such, give way in case of conflict to the Human Rights Act.

Physiocrat said...

This is of relevance here.

That said, the Catholic Church could usefully put forward some useful practical models of how people of a homosexual orientation (it is not a lifestyle choice) can live fulfilling lives in conformity with its teachings - this is something that does not happen.

DP said...

The situation isn't much better in Canada where teachers have been fired for talking about the risks involved in a homosexual lifestyle, Catholic parishes and organizations have been taken to the human rights tribunal for refusing to rent their facilities for homosexual "wedding receptions," a Catholic highschool was also taken to the human rights tribunal for refusing to allow a student bring his "homosexual partner" to the graduation ball, and the kindergarten curriculum in public schools includes a picture book called "One Daddy, Two Daddy." Lord have mercy on us!

That said, the Catholic Church could usefully put forward some useful practical models of how people of a homosexual orientation (it is not a lifestyle choice) can live fulfilling lives in conformity with its teachings - this is something that does not happen.

You should check out Courage ( This is an apostolate within the Church, and faithful to Catholic teachings, for homosexuals who desire to live a life of chastity. I don't know if they have Courage in England but many North American (arch)diocese run this apostolate.

Anonymous said...

Homosexuality is the Cross of loneliness, which all gay Catholics who wish to follow Christ must bear. But the Cross is so heavy, and though I bear it myself, I have fallen before and probably will do again. I would never wish it on anyone. For heterosexual people there is the hope of meeting someone they can truly live with blessed in the eyes of God in the married state. Without wishing to sound like Yoda...A rocky road it is for the gay Catholic. A dark and lonely road. So stop friggin' judging gay Catholics!

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