Thursday, 16 January 2014

Religous Freedom Roundup

While it isn't my intention that this blog be mainly about the conflict between same sex marriage and freedom of religion, but that conflict is ongoing, and also important.  Also, today is Today is National Religious Freedom Day in the United States, so below are a number of recent news stories that I feel validate things I've previously warned about or said on religious freedom:

‘Gays’ Admit ENDA Game: Outlaw Christian Morality
"Writing in the Huffington Post, popular homosexual radio personality Michelangelo Signorile confessed that, of any potential ENDA legislation that might reach President Obama’s desk for his pledged signature, “none should include any religious exemptions” whatsoever."

The Town FEMA Turned Down
"It’s already seven years since Catholic Charities of Boston closed its century-old adoption service; pluralism as understood in Massachusetts after the legalization of same-sex marriage left no room for an adoption agency committed to Catholic teaching about the family. At this writing, the Little Sisters of the Poor, women who have pledged their lives to their celibate religious vocation, are forced to sue the government to avoid being compelled to pay for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacients. Ocean Grove, too, is waking up to the reality that wherever Americans motivated by religious faith once performed services for the public, often as partners of government, the government now intends to force them from the public square. "

Political Timidity & Clerical Cowardice
"What bothers me about this is that it is tantamount to surrender. Christianity is being driven from the public square. Over the last half century, there has been one court case after another aimed at requiring that the federal government and the governments of the states and localities treat religion as a form of leprosy that one must never have any contact with—and that is part of a larger pattern."
CA Teacher Forces Student to Stop Talking About Bible
"The disapproval and hostility that Christian students have come to experience in our nation's public schools has become epidemic,” said Robert Tyler, general counsel for Advocates for Faith & Freedom, "I hope that (the school district ) will take the lead role in adopting a model policy to prohibit this abuse that has become all too common place for religious-minded students."

On the good side, A&E suspending Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty seems to woken people up.  I'm quite happy that A&E felt enough heat from an outraged public to back down as they did.  I hope this incident serves as a wake up call to the architects of modern culture that their views are not as mainstream as they portray them to be, and helps people who hold to traditional values feel less isolated from society.

Also, recently the Church released this excellent video on religious freedom.  If you haven't seen it, you should.

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