Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Friday, December 10, 2010

Religious Freedom Is Vindicated in the UK--For Now

[Click here for the story at Evangelicals.Org:  EV News :: Street preacher awarded damages over wrongful arrest].

At last we see some vindication for the rights of Christians to speak freely about their religious convictions without being threatened with wrongful arrest.  Perhaps the United States should be more alert to these kinds of abuses.  Simply because someone has religious convictions against homosexual behavior does not mean that that constitutes "hate speech".  Moreover, the government does not have the legal authority to coerce politically correct moral positions which are directly opposed to the teaching of Holy Scripture.  This would be a blatant violation of a basic human right to freedom of religion, which democracy is supposed to uphold.  When our government crosses the line in the culture war and begins to use preemptive arrests to censor and silence religious dissidence, as Obama's administration and certain supporters like George Stephanopoulos has demonstrated a willingness to do, the line has been crossed into totalitarianism.

Stephanopoulos put forward a story promoting Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer's position that religious organizations and churches should not be able to burn the Koran in protest of the building of the mosque at Ground Zero.  (See Justice Stephen Breyer: Is Burning Koran 'Shouting Fire In A Crowded Theater?'). Everyone should be concerned when a Supreme Court justice thinks that censorship is permissible, especially since the case being discussed involved a tiny pastor who really has no influence over world politics other than the free exposure he got from a politically correct posse of reporters seeking to promote their socialist agenda.  It is ironic that the liberal party accused former President George W. Bush of violating the Constitution and undermining individual rights at Guantanamo Bay.  The irony is that they themselves want to do the same thing to silence religious dissidence against their social engineering and cultural attack against traditional Christian teaching and God's moral law revealed in Holy Scripture.

It has been my observation that the moral relativist values of the political and  theological left, together with outright atheistic influences, has enabled them to use the media to create stories which are then used to create a straw man caricature of the dangers of religious freedom.  That straw man is then used to pass legislation to censor religious dissidence which opposes unjust governmental interference into the God-given right to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion.  The view of the political left and the theological left here in the United States is that federal judges and Supreme Court justices get to overturn constitutionally given rights:

For Breyer, that right is not a foregone conclusion.

“It will be answered over time in a series of cases which force people to think carefully.  That’s the virtue of cases,” Breyer told me. “And not just cases. Cases produce briefs, briefs produce thought. Arguments are made. The judges sit back and think. And most importantly, when they decide, they have to write an opinion, and that opinion has to be based on reason.  It isn’t a fake.”  (Ibid.)

The irony here is that Stephanopoulos and others on the liberal left advocate civilian trials for terrorist war criminals while advocating the further erosion of religious freedom in our country.  This threat to the freedom of every Christian and every Christian church to believe and teach what they believe publicly and without fear of arrest is being undermined and threatened.

Reasonable Christian Blog Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost; Answer. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen. 1662 Book of Common Prayer


Anonymous said...

Amen! The end has come at last for the fundamentalist hate-spewing right-wing Church of Constantine! The sooner the likes of you disappear from the face of the planet, the better! You are quite right in everything you say: your existence IS being threatened. Your very own days are numbered... Hallelujah!

Charlie J. Ray said...

Do you really believe God can fail, Brian?

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:9-11 ESV)

Charlie J. Ray said...

"Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know-- 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. (Acts 2:22-23 ESV)

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