I am constantly at a loss to understand the motivation of extremists in a range of religions who feel that their "deeply held views" give them the right to ignore laws or basic human rights.
Whether it be those extremist muslims who mis-interpret, often deliberately, the writings of the prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) in order to preach hatred, or extremist Jews who claim that they have the right to persecute muslims in Israel. So when I read that extremist Christians want to amend Sexual Orientation regulations in the UK, I get annoyed. Read about it HERE.
When I read quotes such as:
"Christians have no desire to discriminate unjustly on the grounds of sexual orientation, but they cannot and must not be forced to actively condone and promote sexual practices which the Bible teaches are wrong."
What I think they are saying to me is
"We want to discriminate unjustly on the grounds of sexual orientation and we want the right to treat people like second class citizens"
I was always led to believe that Christianity was about turning the other cheek, being virtuous, forgiving sinners (and I am not suggesting homosexuals are sinners, but some Christians believe they are) and welcoming people. Fortunately all the major Churches and religious groups (Jewish Board of Deputies, the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church and Muslim groups) have distanced themselves from the attempts to overturn equality laws.
I work with and know many Christians who are thoroughly decent, caring people who would hold their hands up with horror if they were linked to the views of the Christians opposing equal rights for gay people.
Such a shame. Another argument for secularism ?
P.S. Anglican priest, Simon Wilson, posted an excellent piece on his blog today about this topic. Well worth a read.