English Lessons: A defence of personal liberty and the coming assault on the First Amendment, based on recent events in Britain

Have you been “infected” by the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic?

Paul DiamondBy Paul Diamond, Christian Concern

 

This article was first published in the September 2013 edition of Citizen Magazine

 

Over the past 20 years I have witnessed a steady assault on the rights of Christians in Britain to speak and act according to their conscience. During that time, different parts of the state—our parliament, publicly funded organizations and the judiciary—have opposed and punished the expression of Christian belief and conscience. My experiences compel me to voice a warning to Christians and others in the United States who may soon see some fundamental rights taken from them.

 

My own case histories are a testament to what has happened. Consider the treatment of my clients,

 

Eunice and Owen Johns. The Johns are experienced foster parents with a long record of providing a loving and supportive family environment to vulnerable children. They were barred from fostering by the state authority because they cannot, out of conscience, tell a child they think homosexual practice is a good thing. There were two features that I found especially worrying about this case.

 

First is the obvious fact that now, in British law, the conscience of Christians is subjugated to all other rights. I say “Christians” here because I have seen ample evidence of how the rights of people of other faiths are still upheld and protected.

 

Second, and in some ways even more worrying, is the fact that state-funded organizations are now making moral judgments about the Christian faith, and bringing their opinions to court. In the Johns’ case, we saw this in the form of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), a state-funded organization that opposed them. The EHRC argued that it was the duty of the state to protect vulnerable children from becoming “infected” (the exact word used in court) with Judeo-Christian ethics on sexual morality. This tells you all you need to know about the EHRC’s opinion of Christian ethics.

 

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