By Bryan Fischer
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I’ve often made the point that
every advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious
liberty. We as a society must choose between homosexuality and liberty because
we cannot have both. Where homosexuality advances, liberty retreats.
For example, I have already written about the cop in Utah
who essentially has been fired because he did not want to literally lead a gay
pride parade. His reservations about homosexuality are religious in nature, but
regardless of the Constitution’s guarantee of the “free exercise” of religion,
he was forced to choose between homosexual pride and his own conscience. He
chose conscience, and now he’s looking for work.
But the threat of what Bill
Maher calls the gay mafia is not confined to the world of law enforcement or
commerce. Of course, virtually every piece of gay “rights” legislation carves
out special exemptions for religious organizations, especially churches, as a
sop to the First Amendment. But these crumbs from the master’s table are flimsy
protections at best, for the simple reason that people will start to argue that
churches should not be allowed to break “laws” that everyone else has to obey.
Why, we will be told, should
Christians be allowed to be homophobic bigots if nobody else is?
When we in the pro-family
community argue that such conscience protections for churches one day will be
hardly worth the pixels they’re painted with, we’re told we are exaggerating
and fear-mongering, and that the concerns we are raising are about things that
could never happen here.
Well, the day we prophesied has
arrived. Churches in Denmark - and the U.S. will not be far behind - have been
ORDERED to perform sodomy-based weddings whether they want to or not.
According to the London Telegraph, a new law
passed by the Danish parliament “make(s) it mandatory for all churches to
conduct gay marriages.” No options, no exceptions, no choice. Homosexuals are
to be married wherever they want, regardless of whose conscience is trampled
and whose sanctuary is defiled in the process.
While an individual priest may
not be compelled to perform such weddings, his bishop has been ordered (under
threat of what?) to find a replacement for him so that the priest’s church can
be used. Thus an individual priest can no longer protect the spiritual
integrity of his own house of worship.
How long will it be before
American churches will be ordered, as a condition of maintaining their
tax-exempt status, to host same-sex ceremonies? How long will it be before
American pastors are ordered to perform them?
Unless America’s pastors rise up
as one, now, that day will arrive like a thief in the night, a day when each
pastor will be told that he must solemnize sodomy-based marriages in his church
or his church’s 501(c)(3) status will be revoked. At that point, he and his
church will effectively be out of business.
And then if he tries to keep his
church going without tax exempt status, it won’t be long before he will be
ordered to perform same-sex weddings anyway, tax exempt status or no, under
threat of fine or even incarceration. If the Gay Gestapo can order a baker to
make a wedding cake, they can order a pastor to make a wedding.
Don’t think it cannot happen
here. If it can happen there, it can and will happen here.
And then the pastors in America
who thought we pro-family activists were just a bunch of hyperbolic alarmists,
and who foolishly thought that the church should just stay out of politics,
will come to us with a stunned and bewildered look in their eyes and say,
“Dude, what happened to my religious liberty?”
But by then it will be too late.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do
not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or
American Family Radio.)