A Canadian human rights tribunal has ordered a Christian pastor to renounce his faith and never again express moral opposition to homosexuality. Pastor Stephen Boisson was also ordered to pay $5,000 for "damages for pain and suffering" as well as apologize to the gay activist who complained of being hurt by the pastor’s declaration of the Biblical view of homosexuality as sinful. The same Tribunal, which has mandated all managers and employees in Canada to receive a pro-homosexuality “human rights training program”, has also, in April, slammed a Christian ministry with a whooping fine of $23,000 for rejecting a homosexual employee.
Similar battles to gag the Christian view on homosexuality is raging in other countries as well. In the US, a family-owned photography studio in New Mexico which refused, on religious grounds, to take pictures at a same-sex ceremony was asked to pay $6,600 fine for such uncivil "discrimination"; while a Nigerian-born UK Court Registrar, Lilian Ladele, who opts out of officiating at same-sex marriages on her religious conviction was harassed, victimized and threatened; but she maintained her stand. Her landmark victory at a Tribunal in July was widely celebrated among believers worldwide. (see http://kingdomwatch.blogspot.com/2008/07/lillian-ladele-laughs-last.html).
“This is a victory for religious liberty, not just for myself but for others in a similar position,” Lilian enthused. “Gay rights should not be used as an excuse to bully and harass people over their religious beliefs.”
Now, the new battle ground is Colorado in the US where a new law, SB200, is set to continue this gay assault on the larger majority in society. Conscientious Christians are not giving in without a fight, though. According to Steve Curtis, president of the "American RTL [Right to Life] Action, a Colorado-based group: “we're not going to hire someone cohabitating outside of marriage, let alone a homosexual." Fuming, he further declared: "SB200 … makes it a crime for us to publish biblical teaching on immorality, so we are prepared to violate this anti-Christian government censorship. The liberals always said what homosexuals do in private could never affect anyone else; of course that was always a lie; they're trying to criminalize traditional Christianity. The fight is on."
Meanwhile, Hallmark, the largest greeting card company in the United States has began to roll out same-sex wedding cards - featuring two tuxedos, overlapping hearts or intertwined flowers, with best wishes inside.(AP Thu Aug 21)