I wanted to highlight some news from last week which should give those of us who champion religious liberty pause…. A British Christian couple lost the ability to be foster care parents because they believe homosexuality is wrong. From Reuters:
The couple, who are Pentecostal Christians, had gone to court after a social worker expressed concerns about them becoming respite carers after they said they could not tell a child that a "homosexual lifestyle" was acceptable.
Eunice and Owen Johns, both in their 60s and from Derbyshire in the English midlands, asked judges to rule that their faith should not be a bar to them becoming carers, and that the law should protect their Christian values.
But Lord Justice Munby and Mr Justice Beatson ruled at the Royal Courts of Justice in London that laws protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation "should take precedence" over the right not to be discriminated against on religious grounds, the Press Association reported.
Chilling isn’t it? Well Christianity isn’t just in decline in the UK, it is being eradicated. Some of my readers may be thinking, “so what? That’s the United Kingdom, this is the United States, we have a First Amendment.” That is true we do, not only can we look to the UK as a harbinger of things to come here as gay “rights” and religious liberty come into conflict, but we can see the results already. Just look at what is taking place in academia for example or complaints about how we pray in the Statehouse.
People of faith should expect that their religious freedoms will be protected. We shouldn’t have to be told what we should believe about homosexuality in order to participate in society. It isn’t just happening in the UK, its happening right here as well. They are just further along.
Originally posted at American Principles In Action