On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

British columnist worried Christianity becoming criminalized

London Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips wrote that she was worried that Christianity is being suppressed, even criminalized.

“How long will it be before Christianity becomes illegal in Britain?” she asked readers. “This is no longer the utterly absurd and offensive question that on first blush it would appear to be.

“An evangelical Christian campaigner, Stephen Green, was arrested and charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior. So what was this behavior? Merely trying peacefully to hand out leaflets at a gay rally in Cardiff. So what was printed on those leaflets that was so threatening, abusive or insulting that it attracted the full force of the law?

“Why, none other than the majestic words of the 1611 King James Bible. The problem was that they were those bits of the Bible which forbid homosexuality.


“The leaflets also urged homosexuals to ‘turn from your sins and you will be saved.’ But to the secular priests of the human rights culture, the only sin is to say that homosexuality is a sin.

“Admittedly, Mr. Green is not everyone’s cup of tea. Other Christians regard him as extreme. But our society is now so upside-down that, by doing nothing more than upholding a fundamental tenet of Christianity, he was treated like a criminal. Yet at the same time, the police are still studiously refusing to act against Islamic zealots abusing British freedom to preach hatred and incitement against the West.

“The Bible is the moral code that underpins our civilization. Yet the logic of the police action against Mr. Green surely leads ultimately to the inescapable conclusion that the Bible itself is ‘hate speech’ and must be banned. Christianity is fast becoming the creed that dare not speak its name. It is being written out of the national script by ideologues seeking to hasten its disappearance.”


She concluded that the same process destroying Christian liberties in England “will destroy the liberties that all English people enjoy, which derive from Christianity.”

“The truth is that it is a common article of faith in virtually all major religions that God guides the footsteps of each and every human being,” writes journalist Ben Shapiro. “Benjamin Franklin, a not-so-religious theologian, said that the American Revolution could be successful only with the direct help of God. As he put it, ‘The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?’


“Yet nowadays, it is considered trite to point to the influence of God in human lives.

“If the media elites are wrong – if God is indeed a driving factor in history,” writes Shapiro, “then things may not go as the media elites plan. In the liberal view, no divine presence can be directing things. For the left, the only gods behind history are the gods of economics or multiculturalism or environment.”

And that is the road to destruction.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tiffany copeland

    im going to keep saying in jesus name until i die

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Cheryl Ponceti

    Christians need to stand up for Christ and their beliefs. “If you do not remember me, I will not remember you to my Father”. Please keep this at the forefront of your mind when needing to stand up for your faith. In JESUS’ name. Amen.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kathleen Lance

    All Christians must obey the words of Jesus Christ and not let society dictate what we should do or how we should behave. Remember, Daniel in the lions’ den and remember God protected him. However, I believe homosexuality is not favored by God, I do believe we as Christians must have brotherly love towards everyone, even unbelievers and homosexual people alike. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity. We are all judged by God but we are not to judge our fellow man. “Judge not that ye be not judged”, the Bible says. All of us must get together against hating each other. Yes, this means everyone, Christians, Jewish people, Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus, Muslims, Earth Religions, Pagans, and Atheists, and anyone else I left out.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment gustave verdult

    I’ve seen it happen during Hitler’s time, and now i see it happening in America. When men are more interested in a fun-oriented lifestyle than being moral leaders this is to be expected/

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rare Jewel of Christ

    In response to Kathleen- God loves the sinner but hates the sin. It is not his will that any should perish. He gives all of us a choice. “I set before you this day blessings and cursings, life and death, but choose life.” (Deuteronomy 31:19) He wants all of us to be saved. This is why he sent his son to die for us. However, his dying in the cross is not a license to sin. As Christians, we are to go to our brothers and sisters in love when we see them doing wrong. We have to ask the Lord, how should we go to them and let them know the error of their ways? No-he does not want us to fight amoung ourselves. This is not going to bring anyone to him. When we do this, he will direct our paths and others may see him in us and they will repent and give their lives to Christ that he may be glorified.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ashley Leighton

    Wake up Christians. Jesus is our Lord and saviour. Please wake up Britian otherwise youll will go to hell. God mad Man and Woman to live a good life in marriage. Please save Britian.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Richard Adams

    This article is extremely ugly and distasteful. The idea that Christianity could be outlawed in England or the United States is ridiculously paranoid and delusional. We are in no way close to that, or headed in that direction (to anyone with a rational mindset).

    And the bashing of “media elites”, “liberals”, and the “left-wing” is arrogant, unmerited, and unChristian. Woe to the scribes, latter-day Pharisees, and hypocrites! There are many who are not right-wing who are, in fact, Christians. Being Christian does NOT necessitate buying into right-wing dogma. Additionally the media is not inherently elitist, no matter how carelessly the label is applied. This kind of ugly name-calling is unacceptable and uncalled for.

    I used to trust Beliefnet for an accepting, fair, and open-minded point of view that represented journalistic integrity within a Christian viewpoint. Just in the last few weeks, I see more and more dogmatic and narrow-minded trash like this, betraying that trust and discouraging me from continued reading. What is going on with your editorial stance?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rodger D

    Richard Adams
    You are blind you don’t see very much have your eyes checked. You can’t do things public that you could in time past taking the ten commandments out of the public no prayer in school at lest not openly and so many other thing man you need to do some talking to Jesus Christ and let him fill you in!

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