American Christians may one day find themselves facing legal penalties simply for believing marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, a fate already suffered by believers in other countries, writes New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan.
Perhaps one of America’s most influential Catholics. He reflected in his personal blog on Thursday on the nasty repercussions of the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, and the censorship Christians can expect in the future
He called it “haunting” that the marriage bill became law on the day Catholics celebrate the feast of the Birth of John the Baptist, “whom King Herod would behead because the saint dared to defend the God-given truth about marriage.”
John the Baptist died after denouncing Herod’s adultery.
“If the experience of those few other states and countries where this is already law is any indication, the churches, and believers, will soon be harassed, threatened and hauled into court for their conviction that marriage is between one man, one woman, forever, bringing children into the world,” wrote the archbishop.
Christians in the UK, Canada, and elsewhere have lost their jobs, been dragged through lengthy “human rights” proceedings, and faced steep fines for questioning the dangerous homosexual lifestyle, declining to facilitate gay “marriages,” or even failing to acknowledge “gay pride” events, wrote the Archbishop.
Dolan pointed out that editorials nationwide have been calling for an end to religious liberties, saying that defending marriage is a form of discrimination against homosexuals.
“As one respected columnist has observed, the problem is not homophobia but theophobia — a hatred by some of God, faith, religion, and the Church,” he wrote.