Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Are LGBT People Causing A "Second Mayflower"

Focus on the Families Citizen Link has picked up on an article in the British Telegraph which cites Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks as warning against a coming "Second Mayflower". He claims that,
“I share a real concern that the attempt to impose the current prevailing template of equality and discrimination on religious organisations is an erosion of religious liberty.
“We are beginning to move back to where we came in in the 17th century – a whole lot of people on the Mayflower leaving to find religious freedom elsewhere.”
       Citizen Link then goes further and says that in particular it is the rise of equality for LGBT people that has led Britain to go down this path of godlessness and religious persecution. They cite a "study" by the unbiased Christian Institute claiming to back up this supposed anti-Christian agenda that permeates Britain; all the while claiming that the reality of a "Second Mayflower" is all too real. To them, the fact that religious groups have the freedom to practice their religion in peace - as opposed to what actually happened with the Separatists on the Mayflower -  does not matter. Instead, LGBT peope - in wanting to be treated with dignity, respect, and peace - are directly causing the persecution of those with "traditional morality".

      Religious freedom, to organizations like Citizen Link, is not the ability to practice your religious beliefs privately and in a church without government interference. Instead, their version of "religious freedom" is what is known as religious privilege. This doctrine asserts that there should be a "carte blanch" for religious individuals and organizations to do whatever they want, if they have a legitimate religious reason to do so, no matter what the consequences. Thankfully, though there may be some issues in Britain regarding religious freedom, the British are slowly starting to realize that individual religious liberties and freedom have limits, and that when someones freedom to do something directly harms another person, that freedom has gone to far.

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