Who didn't see this coming? How long did we actually think we could preach and teach the entire Bible and not face consequences? More and more reports have been circulating regarding governments clamping down on any opposing view of "same sex marriages" or what the Bible views as abominations. … According to a report, Dutch Christian charity recently had its government funding cut after pressure from MPs over its stance in opposition to active homosexual relationships.At issue is Hart van Homos (no relation), which roughly translates as "heart for gays." It is basically a gay celibacy organization which aims to improve gay community relations with churches. It was funded, in part by a larger charity, LCC+, which received state funds. The Dutch don't take kindly to tax dollars being used to tell gay people how to live their lives. The government told LCC+ to resubmit their grant application without Hart van Homos. LCC+ is also a gay advocacy organization intending to improve acceptance of gays by churches. My reaction is “Why bother?” But this is a first. Inadvertently, a conservative Christian has managed to find an obscure gay victim.
Getting a bit closer to home:
Recently we also reported on a story of a judgment that been filed in a federal court in Massachusetts seeking the end to a lawsuit by a coalition of Ugandan "gays" who contend an American pastor was not protected by the First Amendment when he was speaking in the United States about homosexuality. The homosexuals claimed that Lively's comments about homosexuality were "crimes against humanity" and are forbidden under international law.End times have come to grammar and logic. Scaparo has this all fucked up. There is no “judgment.” Scott Lively's lawyers have asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit against him by Sexual Minorities Uganda or SMUG. Furthermore, this involves speech made by Lively in Uganda, not the United States. Beyond that, inciting violence is not protected speech under certain circumstances if a reasonable person might conclude that certain speech would lead to an act of violence. Lively is being sued for his active participation in a conspiracy to strip gays of fundamental human rights. I doubt that the motion to dismiss will succeed. I haven't the first clue what this has to do with government oppression of anyone other than gay people in Uganda.
And then recent news out of Canada sent shockwaves across the World regarding "Freedom of Speech" when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a bill that would criminalize anti-transgender speech, with violators receiving up to two years in prison. …There might be some truth to this but why does this interest someone in Tennessee? Personally, I strongly oppose hate speech laws such as those that exist in Canada. There was a time when our speech was very unpopular. Where would we be without First Amendment protections? Presumably the author has invested in the slippery slope. That would require a constitutional amendment which seems unlikely.
What I find fascinating as that Mr. Scaparo had to visit the Netherlands, Uganda and Canada to come up with his persecution. Is there no outrage closer to Tennessee? Also, in spite of his apparent claims, none of this has anything to do with same-sex marriage.
What I find troubling about all of this is that this is not some old fart on his porch with an old dog at his feet and a bottle of sipping whiskey at his side. Scaparo appears to be a relatively young guy who is obviously poorly educated. Where as a society did we go wrong?