The same sex marriage fight has brought several things to the forefront as I watch the various news threads go by. The war between secularism and faith is increasingly real. In a perfect world, we would all be able to live as we choose, believe as we choose…. right? As long as it doesn’t hurt another, the right to believe as we choose is a treasured right and privilege—one that has been treasured here in the U.S. for generations. In fact, our nation was built on the premise that people had a basic right to believe how they chose.
Given that understanding, how can the “enlightened” nations increasingly favor the religion of secularism to the detriment of all others? Consider this story out of the UK:
LONDON, January 4, 2010, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Christian teacher in the UK has been added to the long and growing list of British Christians who have faced disciplinary or legal action for expressing their beliefs. Olive Jones, 54, is being defended by the Christian Legal Centre after she was sacked for offering to pray for a student suffering from leukaemia.
Jones, a home-visit teacher, gave lessons in mathematics to children who are too ill to attend school. When on a visit with a sick student, she spoke to the child’s mother and offered to pray for the daughter. When she was told that the family were not believers, she dropped the subject, but the mother complained and Jones lost her job with Oak Hill Short Stay School and Tuition Service in Nailsea, North Somerset.
Her employers said that the offer of prayer could have been regarded as “bullying.” Jones now fears that the incident has marked her and will damage her future employment prospects.
Jones said that her offer of prayer is being treated like “a criminal act”: “It is like a black mark against my name and character when it comes to getting a reference for another job, just because I shared my testimony.”
“If I had done something criminal, I believe the reaction would have been the same,” she said. She said she is angry at the interpretation of the company of freedom of speech.
“I am amazed that a country with such a strong Christian tradition has become a country where it is hard to speak about your faith.”
When those on the other side of the same sex marriage debate deride the idea that Christians and other people of faith are and ought to be concerned and protective of their rights, my warning flags wave. The onslaught of anti-religious thought is not of a live and let live nature. That sectarianism and gay activism go together as two ends of the same stick is not a new reality.
Be aware. The will to suffocate one side of the debate is out there, and comes out in many ways. It happens even among the “enlightened” and we’d be fools to imagine it’s not happening here.