Thursday, April 23, 2015

Liberty to believe whatever I say you should

Albert Mohler, on his daily news analysis show, The Briefing, pointed out this editorial in the Guardian: The Guardian view on religious liberty: Christians in the west have nothing to fear. Mohler rightly pointed out the contradiction inherent in the article concerning religious liberty. Here is the quote he focused on and the one that really should make Christians...heck, anyone, pause:

"In the west we privilege conflicting but broadly liberal values. We no longer privilege the authority of the Bible. So, once we have determined that discrimination against homosexuals violates the principle of equality – and that is the settled position in both law and public opinion now – the fact that some people are compelled by their consciences to disagree does not exempt them from behaving as if it were true. There cannot be a special exemption for mistaken beliefs held on religious grounds when these harm others."

So while the Guardian is trying to reassure religious groups that their liberty remains intact, they say something like the above that makes it clear that that liberty is limited by [insert almost anything here].   In other words, you are free to follow your conscience provided it doesn't go against what the society around you determines is right or wrong.  I'm not sure which is scarier here.  That the Guardian has made it fairly clear that religious liberty is dead or that they don't see the ridiculousness of their claims that it isn't dead in the face of their re-definition of said liberty.  How can they not see that someone isn't really free to follow their conscience when they are told they must go against their conscience or suffer the consequences?

You are have liberty to preach from the Bible in your churches (provided you don't speak about politics and only preach what you are told).   So said Nazi Germany.  Brothers and sisters, beware of the parenthesis.  They'll get you every time if you aren't careful.  Eventually the parenthesis are removed.  Eventually they replace the entire sentence.

In fairness the Guardian article isn't promoting something as much as it is simply stating the obvious (at least for those who are paying attention).  True, they are being a bit silly about it, but saying you have liberty when in fact you don't feels a whole lot better than simply saying you haven't any liberty so get over it.  That is next.  But for now, as has been the case for many years, the Church, following society, is all about feelings and pragmatism and so this article may, for some, not raise any alarms.

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