On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

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.

What do you think?

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