I wrote a couple of posts last week about how gay rights was destroying religious liberty in Canada. The first was about how Christian colleges and universities are being made illegal, the second about how parents were being prevented from opting out of gay indoctrination in public schools (schools run by the government, that the parents pay for).
But it’s not just happening in Canada, there is a lot of bad news down here as well.
Ben Shapiro, an orthodox Jew and a conservative, writes about the latest at the Daily Wire:
In the latest sign that the judiciary has gone completely off the rails, a judge has now forced the owners of ChristianMingle.com, Spark, to include same-sex matches on their website. Two gay men decided that there simply weren’t enough gay dating websites on the internet, and sued ChristianMingle.com in 2013. Now, under the settlement agreement, the webpage asks merely whether you are a man or a woman, rather than a “man seeking a woman” or a “woman seeking a man.” According to The Wall Street Journal, “Spark agreed that within two years, it would adjust other searching and profile features to give gay and lesbian singles a more tailored experience.” The terms of the settlement also open up CatholicMingle.com, AdventistSinglesConnection.com, and BlackSingles.com to same-sex searches.
[…]The lawsuit and settlement reveal one fundamental truth: for the LGBT community, acceptance and tolerance aren’t enough. They want full-scale approval of their activity from religious Americans, and they won’t stop until government shoves that approval down religious throats at point of bayonet.
This column by Dr. Michael Brown examines several relevant items in an article posted at The Stream, most of which have been discussed on this blog before.
Here’s a new one:
Sadly, rather than refuse to comply with this ungodly and unjust ruling, ChristianMingle.com has agreed to introduce same-sex searches within the next two years, with Shapiro noting that the “terms of the settlement also open upCatholicMingle.com, AdventistSinglesConnection.com, and BlackSingles.com to same-sex searches.” As he correctly states, “This is pure insanity.”
From a scriptural point of view, this is what Jesus warned about when He said, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt. 16:25). Unless ChristianMingle.com agreed to these terms simply to buy time, they have now sold their Christian soul in order to save their business, which is the guaranteed path to spiritual suicide.
But it gets worse.
If gay activists like Dan Savage have their way (and remember that Savage’s allies include the current president of the United States), Christians will not be allowed to hold to biblical morality in any setting, since our alleged homophobia is directly linked to a radical Muslim slaughtering gays and lesbians in a gay bar. In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, Savage wrote, “Love is the cure—love and gun control and fully funded mental-health services and zero tolerance for anti-gay and anti-trans bigotry with no exceptions for ‘religious beliefs,’ sincerely held or otherwise.
“No sanctuary for liars, no safe place for bigots, no refuge for haters.” That means “zero tolerance” for people like you and me because of our “sincerely held religious beliefs.”
In his podcast, Savage makes himself perfectly clear: It is time to make “demands” on our society, including “an end to homophobia and to transphobia and a demand for accountability for those who promote it whether they’re promoting it in a church or a mosque or a legislature” — and bear in mind that Savage and his allies characterize traditional Judeo-Christian teaching on LGBT issues to be homophobic and transphobic.
Yes, a gay activist is demanding that Christians be held accountable for believing the Bible.
In the Daily Wire article I linked above, Ben Shapiro had this to say about what comes next:
The next steps for the left include removing non-profit status for any religious institution that “discriminates” against same-sex marriage, then suing those institutions under “anti-discrimination” laws; removing accreditation from schools that refuse to teach the beauty and joy of homosexuality and transgenderism; and finally, targeting parents who homeschool by refusing their legitimacy and calling their children truant.
All of this is coming, and it’s coming soon.
We’d better start preparing the resistance. We’re already late in starting.
What I’m seeing in the church, especially among young, unmarried happy-clappy Christian women, is a complete lack of awareness of the threats outlined by Shapiro and Brown. They aren’t following the news, and they often support the secular left, for causes like universal health care (= universal abortion) and to stop “global warming”. Everything is decided based on emotions and peer approval – no Christian wants to be the “bad guy” who sticks up for the Christian worldview, and keeps informed by reading and studying. Almost nothing is being done by young Christians to prepare educationally, professionally and financially for these challenges. Almost no one is planning to have an influence, either as singles or through a carefully-planned marriage that results in influential, effective children.