Why Denying Religious Freedom will be a ‘Bridge Too Far’ for Cultural Liberals

Here are several excerpts from an article by David L. Goetsch, the emphasis added is my own:

Cultural liberals are feeling their oats these days. Emboldened by the leftward drift of society and the consequent laissez faire attitudes of younger Americans toward homosexuality, liberals decided to take the next logical step in their nefarious agenda: deliver a knockout punch to religious liberty by using government coercion to force Americans to endorse same-sex marriage. Liberals have long known what Christians and other freedom-loving Americans are only now beginning to realize: The cultural battle that is raging in American society is not between those who advocate for gay rights and those who advocate for religious rights. Rather the battle is between Christianity itself and those who oppose Christian values. Ask yourself this question: How many cases have you seen so far in which same-sex marriage (SSM) advocates have targeted Muslim, Hindu, or Jewish businesses?

Orthodox Christianity is the last bastion of a value system that is diametrically and forever opposed to the homosexual agenda. While it is a sad fact that there are churches and even whole denominations that long ago ceded Biblical authority to the fickle whims and ever-changing trends of society, it is also true that—in the words of David French (Imprimis, April 2015)—“… not a single orthodox denomination is making or even contemplating” the theological and doctrinal changes demanded by cultural liberals. In other words, the battle lines have been drawn. Christians have given ground to cultural liberals year after year in the misplaced hope that society would come to its senses and the moral decay would stop. But decay does not stop unless someone does what is necessary to stop it.

Orthodox Christians have finally been pushed to the point where they finally realize the time has come to take a stand. With the current campaign to force Christian businesses out of business for refusing to participate in SSM ceremonies, the cultural left is making the mistake of starting across a “bridge too far.” Evidence of Christians stiffening their resolve to fight back was first seen when the cultural left tried to boycott Chick-fil-A because its CEO made comments in support of traditional marriage.

American Christians with even a cursory knowledge of history have the benefit of knowing what happened to the Jews in the years before World War II. They also know that many Jews made the mistake of complacently accepting what the Nazi’s dished out because they could not accept that the attacks on their businesses and synagogues were really happening or that they would continue.

SSM advocates are now using bullying tactics against Christian businesses that are reminiscent of those used against Jewish businesses in the years leading up to World War II. They are not yet burning and looting Christian businesses, but they are targeting them for bullying tactics designed to put them out of business. Their message is clear: “Endorse our homosexual beliefs or we will destroy you.” Just as the Nazis had the support of the German government in carrying out their anti-Judaism agenda, SSM advocates have the support of the federal government in carrying out a campaign of harassment, threats, and lawsuits against Christian business owners.

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