Bakers Lose Appeal to GayGB Court Ruling
Ashers Baking Company in Belfast, Northern Ireland, have lost their appeal to a ruling, which said that the business broke the law by declining to decorate a cake with a support gay marriage campaign slogan.
Last year (2015), they were fined for refusing to ice the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” on to a cake ordered by a campaigner to mark International Day Against Homophobia. They were charged with discrimination under the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2006.The McArthur family, who own and run Ashers, said they could not fulfil the order because it conflicted with their Christian beliefs about marriage being between a man and a woman.They declined the order not because the purchaser was homosexual, but because they did not wish to be associated with the political statement expressed in the slogan.
Speaking after the ruling Mr Daniel McArthur said they were "extremely disappointed" with the outcome and that they would be taking advice from their lawyers on whether they can further appeal the judgement. "This ruling undermines democratic freedom. It undermines religious freedom. It undermines free speech,” McArthur said.
"We had served Mr Lee before and would be happy to serve him again. The judges accepted that we did not know Mr Lee was gay and that was not the reason we declined the order. We have always said it was never about the customer, it was about the message. The court accepted that. But now we are being told we have to promote the message even though it's against our conscience. What we refused to do, was to be involved with promoting a political campaign to change marriage law.
"Because we’re Christians we support the current law. And we felt that making this cake would have made us responsible for its message.
"We wouldn’t decorate a cake with a pornographic picture or with swear words. We wouldn’t decorate a cake with a spiteful message about gay people. Because to do so would be to endorse and promote what was said.
"The court said the commission gave the impression it was not interested in assisting the faith community in issues like this. I think a lot of people will agree with that. That’s certainly how we have felt.
"We’ll have to take advice from our lawyers about whether there is a way to appeal this ruling. In the meantime, other businesses will have to take advice about whether they can refuse orders that conflict with their consciences. Or whether they too may be coerced into promoting other people’s views.
"We’d like to thank the huge numbers of people who have been supporting us and praying for us through all this. We’re very grateful to you all.
"It’s been a trying time. But we’re thankful to God for His faithfulness to us through everything." (www.christianinstitute.org.uk)
The Soviet Union’s Secret Police – the KGB – was a vicious persecutor of Christians who opposed communism. Millions of Christians were investigated, interrogated, tortured, imprisoned and murdered for failing to comply with political party orders, or for failing to pay homage to the Dictator of the Soviet Union at the time. 50 Million were sent to freeze, or starve to death in the 1200 concentration camps, many in Siberia. The KGB also used “Active Measures” disinformation to discredit critics and undermine “enemies of the Soviet state”.
Today, homosexual activist bullies – “the GayGB”, are the rising KGB of the West –– a force of radical homosexuals whose aim seems to include desensitising, intimidating, silencing and prosecuting Christians for their beliefs on marriage and morality. All over the world, Christians are being targeted, bullied and prosecuted for believing what the Bible teaches about the institution of marriage, sexuality and family.
A New Inquisition
In our previous article, The Rise of the GayGB and Pink Inquisition, we highlighted a selection of serious cases in South Africa, Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, America and Canada of Christians harassed, or prosecuted, for expressing their thoughts and beliefs about homosexuality.
Constitutional Court in South Africa’s Decision on Whether State Can Determine Church Doctrine
In a great victory for religious freedom and the autonomy of churches to govern their own affairs, the Constitutional Court in November 2015 shut the door on lesbian minister Ecclesia de Lange’s unfair discrimination claim against the Methodist Church of South Africa. The Court unanimously held that “it would not be appropriate for this Court to interfere at this stage especially considering that the line is close to the Church’s doctrines and values”, and thus dismissed her application for leave to appeal.
The effect of the Court’s decision is that the dispute is referred back to the Methodist Church for internal arbitration in accordance with the Methodist Church’s rules.
Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) joined the proceedings as a “Friend of the Court”.
In August 2015, the Constitutional Court (the highest court in the country) granted Ecclesia de Lange (the lesbian minister whose service as ordained minister of the Methodist Church was discontinued by the denomination following her announcement that she was getting “married” to her same-sex partner) leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal’s decision that the courts should not get entangled in doctrinal disputes of local churches or denominations.
Should the Constitutional Court have found against the denomination, it would have meant that the courts and government commissions would in future be able to dictate to churches what they may and may not believe and how churches should be governed. (www.ForSA.org.za)
What Will Happen if We Do Not Resist the Pink Agenda?
We will begin to see more and more of these kinds of intimidating situations in the near future. As a pastor, you might be saying, ‘I’m just going to be nice and appease the homosexuals. I am just going to preach the good news, love everybody, and hope for the best.’ However, If you do not stand up now against the homosexual social engineering agenda, you may not have a church to preach in at all.
Yes, God commands us to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15), but He also commands us to “reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2), and to “cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1). (BCNN1 Editors, www.blackchristiannews.com, 10 February 2014.)
Purifying the Church
Just as God uses persecution to both purify and revive the Church in countries where Christianity is illegal, soGod will use this issue of homosexual activism and state bullying to purify His Church in the West. Those who refuse to bow or bend to “Caesar’s” demands, will, like Daniel and his friends, “… shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:3
"Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?" Psalm 94:16
To view the article, The Rise of the GayGB and Pink Inquisition as a Powerpoint, click here.
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Resource - The Pink Agenda
If you think that the homosexual agenda won’t affect you or your family – you are wrong. As The Pink Agenda documents, the sexual revolutionaries want to transform the very fabric of society, they intend to reconstruct the family, and homosexualise the schools - and they want government funding (your taxes) to do it! Freedom of speech and toleration of dissent are a fruit of Christianity, and seldom in history have these freedoms been more at risk. We need an open and intelligent debate on the homosexual agenda.
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