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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sharia Law and Gay-ria Law


Recent events in Indiana and Arkansas show that we are getting closer to a version of Sharia law, except this time it will be Gay-ria law.

In many Muslim countries everyone is forced to follow Islamic Sharia laws, even if you are not Muslim. This was horrifically highlighted in Sudan last year where Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was in prison for a while for having converted from Islam to Christianity. She would have been executed for this crime after she had weaned her new infant if it hadn't been for an international uproar started by Christians.

Nigerian Muhammed Momen, who was raised to be an Islamic cleric, spent more than 10 years in an Egyptian prison after converting to Christianity. (See How Muhammad Became a Christian).

Sharia Law is clear. To convert from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death. You're lucky to get away with a major prison sentence. The situation is also bad for groups that have always been Christians for generations. Under Sharia Law they are treated as second class citizens. Their churches are frequently destroyed and they are often only allowed to work in the most menial of jobs.

Here in America we have the protection of the First Amendment which should give everyone freedom of religion. However, we are in the early stages of Gay-ria Law which somehow supersedes anyone's First Amendment rights.

In Colorado, Masterpiece Bake Shop owner Jack Phillips declined to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He claimed it was not compatible with his Christian beliefs. He has been sentenced by the courts to undergo sensitivity training. Phillips appealed the ruling but he lost the appeal and has been ordered to honor any requests for wedding cakes from same-sex couples (same-sex marriage was illegal in Colorado at the time). He will have to report if he turns any gay customers away. Mr. Phillips is being denied his right to express his religious beliefs. Note that Mr. Phillips has not been charged with not selling his baked goods to customers with same gender attraction. His objections was being publicly seen as supporting a type of marriage he does not believe in.

In New Mexico, photographers Elaine and Jonathan Huguegin declined to take pictures for a lesbian couple's wedding ceremony based on their religious beliefs. They were taken to court and lost the case before the New Mexico Supreme Court. Justice Richard Bosson wrote:

"The Huguenins are free to think, to say, to believe, as they wish; they may pray to the God of their choice and follow those commandments in their personal lives wherever they lead. The Constitution protects the Hugenins in that respect and much more. But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in civic life. 

"In the smaller, more focused world of the marketplace, of commerce, of public accommodation, the Hugenins have to channel their conduct . . . it is the price of citizenship."

In Salt Lake City, a police officer with strong Christian beliefs was assigned to ride his motorcycle out front of the Gay Pride Parade to clear the road. He felt this high profile assignment would make it appear that he was riding in support of the parade. He asked to work a lower-profile assignment like he did in previous years, but was refused with the Police Department stating it would not put up with bigotry. (Despite Utah's reputation as a conservative state, Salt Lake City government has been run by liberal Democrats for years.) Perhaps sensing he was left with a target on his career, the policy officer has since resigned.

In other words, a Christian baker, or Christian photographer, or Christian policeman can't practice their beliefs in their work life. Gay-ria Law trumps the First Amendment.

To see how wrongheaded this trend is consider the following example: What if the Westboro Baptist Church (a hateful anti-gay organization) asked a gay baker or photographer to provide services at a wedding at their church? The baker/photographer should have a right to decline such a business request because it goes against their values.

Gay activists tell us that all they are seeking is greater tolerance and diversity. These legal actions and others show that they are really looking for acceptance and adoption of their values which others do not agree with. 

This is hardly tolerance.

This is hardly diversity.

Welcome to the age of Gay-ria Law, American's version of Sharia Law.



Related posts here and here.



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