On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars


European officials jeer Christian asking for free speech protections

Dr, Gudrun Kugler

 

A religious liberty advocate was heckled by fellow officials when she spoke to a European Union meeting, speaking on behalf of Christians who are being silenced by “hate speech” laws.

Dr. Gudrun Kugler was openly jeered by fellow members of the Advisory Panel of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Platform.

She spoke out for the right of Christians to express their views without the fear of being accused of hate crimes. She documented several instances of where Christians were arrested for defending their beliefs.

Several fellow panel members made no effort to mask their dislike of Dr. Kugler, citing comments she has made defending the Bible’s stance on homosexuality.

Dr. Kugler

So, when she said Christians should not be sent to prison for peacefully expressing their opinions on the subject, she was booed by fellow panel members.

She cited a Scandinavian pastor who was jailed for “hate speech” when from his pulpit, he read aloud the Apostle Paul’s condemnation of homosexual sin.

After her comments to the panel, one member said that Christians deserved to be thrown in jail if they make a “negative comment” against a “minority group.”

Dr. Kugler also mentioned a pharmacy in Germany that had its windows smashed because of its opposition to the “morning-after” abortion pill. Interrupting her, someone shouted out “rightly so!” and others nodded in agreement.

She was delivering a five-year “Report on Intolerance against Christians in Europe,” including several religious liberty cases from the United Kingdom.

Dr. Kugler is a lawyer and founder of the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe.

She was elected last year to the advisory panel, but her place on the panel was strenuously opposed by some members of the European Parliament due to her opposition to the rights of homosexual couples to adoption children. They also objected to her public statements that a homosexual “kiss in” at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was “disrespectful” and that the arrest of a street preacher for quoting the Bible’s prohibitions against homosexuality was “totalitarian.”

Shrugging off the jeers, Dr. Kugler said, “I was aware that my audience would not be favorable.”



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nnmns

posted May 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm


Europe has a lot of experience of preaching hatred, what with Christians having been taught in church Jews were “Christ-killers”. Those people are the ones that made the Holocaust possible.

So if they want to make it harder to preach hatred I don’t blame them. Let’s face it, no religion that preaches hatred is worth the sand it’s written on.



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Token

posted May 21, 2011 at 4:27 am


Does NNMNS stand for “Ninny Not Making No Sense?

Could you clarify your point? What religion is preaching hatred?



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nnmns

posted May 21, 2011 at 8:10 am


Preachers, priests, etc. railing against homosexuals, preachers, priests, etc. railing against those who need and provide abortions, those against Muslims. Heck they attack scientists and people who provide birth control and health care.

Open your eyes token.



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John

posted May 31, 2011 at 6:05 am


Soon only those who speak Gov-speech will be allowed to state their beliefs in public. Christians will meet only behind closed doors. All the churches will be closed but the one-world church of the Anti-christ. Get right with God before it is to late. Only by the blood of the Lamb can you be saved. Jesus is Lord.



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Carl

posted May 31, 2011 at 6:36 am


True Christianity does not and never has preached hatred, they preach truth. The Bible is truth. Dr. Kugler is right. nnmns or whoever you are you are on the wrong road headed the wrong way. Hitler and some misguided people called the Jews “Christ-killers” not accurate Bible believing Christians. To put Christians in the same category as Hitler and the nazi party is about as dumb as it gets.



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John

posted May 31, 2011 at 8:03 am


Clearly the EU does not support free speech if it cannot stand for the recitation of Holy Christian scripture.



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cm

posted May 31, 2011 at 8:58 am


People have used religion for all time to foment hate and disdain; Hitler was one of the best to convince Christians (he particularly targeted Catholics)that Jews were the enemy, simply by quoting the Bible and giving speeches against Jews. How many Christian/Religious Wars have we fought, thinking we were right and pious in doing so?
The conservatives have been one of the most subtle users of religion and patriotism to get the vote out — there are videos of W Bush and some of his minions laughing after meeting with Christian leaders and what easy marks they’ve been once you mention some of their biggest hates — abortion, homosexuality, particularly focusing on Christian desire to control others. The word is that none of the current politicians have any real interest in criminalizing abortion because they wouldn’t have the “hook” that ensnares the Christian right, convincing them to vote against their own best interest.
Until religion quits preaching it’s hates, there will be politicians using your faith to get you to vote against everything that is good for the most, posing as your brethern, quoting your books, fooling you every time because you’re so sure you’re right, and so pious in believing you know better. Nothing much different between the Christian Conservatives and the Muslim Conservatives — they both are so sure they know better, they’re willing to kill for it. Alas. Preaching hate and disdain is not a religious phenomenon, but the piety that soothes those religions, the ego that seems to pair so well with “being right”, makes for some pretty stupid voters. Preaching hate under any guise should be the exception to “free speech”.



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David

posted May 31, 2011 at 9:28 am


“cm” just called for anyone who disagrees with him/her to be thrown in jail or beaten or murdered for the crime of having another opinion. Can someone explain the difference between cm’s opinion and the opinions of the “Christians” who burned the Freedom Riders’ bus in 1961? And what is the difference between the European Union’s actions and “Bull” Conner’s police officers in Birmingham the same year???



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Don Hamme

posted May 31, 2011 at 9:31 am


This is coming to our country and I do not know how to save “Free Speech”. It is appaling that students in DC were in favor of banning conservative websites without seeing any dichotomy with the right to “Free Speech”.



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peter

posted May 31, 2011 at 9:33 am


you mean if we object to homosexuality it is hatred? how so? we have no political agenda, so don’t tar us with political motives.

and hitler is hitler, we are not hitler. some people are just spreading their hatred just because we tell the truth. they are scare mongers like hitler, preaching hatred against us.

the holocaust was not caused by protestants, but by hitler whipping up hatred against Jews, gysies etc. in very different economic conditions. anyone who uses violence against any religion who strongly objects to homosexual issues is a coward.



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