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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Gina

posted May 31, 2011 at 9:57 am


This type of “hate crimes” persecution has already happened in the U.S. and Canada as well. Make no mistake, it will become increasingly difficult for authentic Christians to speak truth. However,while we can ,we need to speak to a dying world which is making sexual perversion appear legitimate and the killing of babies and the elderly a choice.



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Kreeez

posted May 31, 2011 at 12:25 pm


CM ~~> Why would you paint people with the same brush? I.E. Hitler convinced Christians to hate Jews yadda yadda. Look up Dietrich Bonhoeffer you moron. It was actually Catholics that were LESS ANTISEMETIC. Then you said all Christians conservatives are identical with Muslim conservatives? Do I need to even respond to that rediculous statement??? The problem is SIMPLE>>> There are too many athiests like yourself that pollute the world, most importantly our EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, and mislead an entire generation of young people. You think you know more than thousands of years of spiritual and religous practice. Read something simple sam



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g

posted May 31, 2011 at 12:47 pm


The problem of the ‘reverse discrimination’ probably stems from several sources.
Generations of Christian theology and doctrine ruling the laws of nations so that minorities were denied basic civil rights.
Activist Christians in politics who are still encouraging political bodies to continue to deny those basic civil rights.
Zealous Christians responding with violence to those they hold as ‘flagrantly violating God’s Laws’ i:e; abortion advocates.

This is an expected ‘push back’. Not unlike slave owners who finally had the slaves say.’No more’! The slave owners quoted Bible scriptures and passed laws and formed armed resistance to the emancipated slaves but finally freedom won out.

Now the Christians are asking for the same ‘rights’ that they so actively deny to others. And that is the Rub!

From a preaching standpoint : The issues of “morality’were delivered from the Pious to the Pious. Jesus did not spend his time preaching against homosexuality , abortion etc. The issues of ‘morality’ were taught within the bounds of the Church family. As long as the CHurch actively engages in ‘Culture wars’ and politics’ it should not be surprised at the ‘push back’.!



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Paul

posted May 31, 2011 at 8:39 pm


This is a sign of the times.Good is seen as evil, wrong is celebrated as right. Persecution comes with greater frequency. Now is no time to be timid about our faith. We must speak the truth in love and when we do, be aware that we willbe rewarded by the world with hate. Dr Kugler is in my prayers. And to those who lump all Christians in with the Nazi’s hatred for Jews, how can you stereotpe all Christians by the actions of one group who claim to be christian? If someone were to stereotype all members of a minority group by a criminal act committed by a member of that group? Hitler was no Christian and true Christianity is the message of God’s love to the world. Confusing Christianity with hatred is misguided at best.



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Carmen

posted May 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm


Thank you Dr Gudrun Kugler for standing up for God’s truth. For Christians to be increasingly harassed and/or persecuted for practising their faith is very wrong. God knows all that is going on in our sin-stained world and He will make things right again. I don’t condone homosexuality at all and I don’t believe it should be accepted. I don’t hate the homosexual person, but it seems many who are homosexual or who are in favour of homosexual relationships harbour hostility towards those who are against them.



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Joselyn

posted June 1, 2011 at 10:29 am


There is light and there is darkness. There is right and there is wrong. There is good and there is evil. There is holy and there is unholy. There is God and there is Satan. Its all about choice. God set the tree in the midst of the garden and told man don’t touch it or eat of it. That’s when God gave man the power to choose. Man chose to disobey being vulnerable to temptation. Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve. Deny yourself and follow me said the Lord. As for me and my house we choose serve the Lord. To serve the Lord is to persuade others to serve the Lord. There is Heaven and there is hell. Where are we choosing to go?



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Patsy

posted June 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm


Well I for one commend her efforts. Unfortunately, it’s becoming increasing clearer with each passing day how easy it will be for persecution of the truth to come about. Persecution is coming christians and this world will be brutal.



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mt

posted June 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm


“peter” i totally agree with you. The Bible clearly stated that God love the sinner, but hate sin. It clearly states it’s opinion on homosexualy. homosexualy is totally wrong. The same with abortion. A life is a LIFE.
And if Christians study the word of God more, they would know that the Jews didn’t kill Christ. A preacher is a human being just like you and me. He can always have his own agenda. Telling lies just to fill the church.
We have to study for ourself and not let others dictate to us what to believe.

May God have mercy on us.



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g

posted June 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm


For Gina’s information
From the Website: The center for Bio-ethical reform :

“Who’s having abortions (religion)?
Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women account for 31.3%, Jewish women account for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as “Born-again/Evangelical”.

That’s a lot of Christians getting abortions. Hmm



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g

posted June 4, 2011 at 4:23 am


Paul Said; .Good is seen as evil, wrong is celebrated as right.

No more or less so today than ever. Nothing has really changed in the million years or so that man has been on this planet. It is not that wrong is made into ‘right’ it is there are differing opinions about what is right, depending on what God you believe in, or faith you hold or don’t hold , not to mention that many who profess the same ‘religious’ beliefs stand in opposition on a number of things including what is God’s will..civil rights vs, strict Literal Bible interpretation. All have arguments in favor of why they believe like they do, many condemn others that don’t think the way they do , yet, are critical when others don’t extend to them the very freedoms that they deny others.

As far as ‘persecution’ when referring to Christianity in America. that is a laughable assertion.



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