RLCC Comment follows this blockquote.
There's a veryposted on RELEVANT's website today. It discusses recent legislation passed in the United Kingdom which makes "comments inciting hatred against homosexuals" punishable by up to seven years in prison. It no doubt raises questions about the issues of free-speech and the freedom of religious expression for those of us on this side of the pond.
Could we here in the United States soon be approaching a time when Christians who publicly label homosexuality a "sin" run the risk of being prosecuted and imprisoned? What threat would such legislation pose on rights guaranteed by the First Amendment?
Is the church prepared to learn new ways of engaging in dialogue about the "homosexuality issue" without being accused of "inciting hatred?" Is it possible to hold a view supporting the authority, truth and validity of Scripture without being (or at least coming off as) anti-gay? How do you talk about this issue with your gay friends? Do you even have gay friends?
RLCC Comment: Of course the U.S. Constitution will be interpreted this way or that depending upon the personal opinions of the so-called justices at the time.
Jesus used the terms love and hate. He hates sin. He both hates and loves sinners at the same time. He warned but didn't harm. Where there isn't freedom to say this, there isn't freedom. Where people who love the real, full message and want to bring forth God's will on Earth are punished for saying these things, they are persecuted in the name of Jesus and are blessed by God. Those who censor themselves in the face of threats from the iniquitous love the things of the flesh more than they love God.
Don't bow down. Don't bend your knee. Don't take the mark.
The U.K. is apostate. It is being led by homosexuals. Not everyone in the U.K. wants that. They need the Christian Commons.
Mundanely free political speech is being coerced away in the U.K. Big Brother there is telling people what they can and can't say.
Homosexuality is pathogenic. It is harmful. Look at the proof. Our main post on the subject: "Homosexuals: What they ignore." It is an offense against God. It is anatomical insanity.
Hating sin, hating evil, is good and right. Being silent about sin and evil is directly from Satan who seeks to destroy the whole of humanity in both flesh and soul. He seeks an immoral world so he may devour the whole of humanity.
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- Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
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Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)