To your enemy, FORGIVENESS.
To an opponent, TOLERANCE.
To a friend, YOUR HEART.
To a customer, SERVICE.
To all men, CHARITY.
To every child, A GOOD EXAMPLE.
To yourself, RESPECT.
Lillian Ladele said her religious beliefs prevented her from conducting same-sex marriages. For that, she has been ridiculed and demoted. Richard Littlejohn has written a thought provoking article on it over at Mail Online. He, an agnostic who is an advocate of same-sex marriage, writes,
But that’s the problem with the diversity nazis.
Diversity doesn’t do dissent. While it embraces the fundamental right of people of just about every creed and colour to behave exactly as they please regardless of the law of the land, it doesn’t run to devout Christians.
Had Miss Ladele been a Muslim objecting to same-sex weddings on religious grounds, does anyone seriously believe she would have been hounded, ridiculed, persecuted and demoted by the Guardianistas who run Islington Council?
She’s not the only victim of this intolerant legislation, either.
Why is is it that diversity and toleration rarely extends to those who hold orthodox Christian beliefs?
It takes two steps to get to the answer.
1) Tolerance has been redefined such that it no longer means allowing others to hold viewpoints with which you disagree. Tolerance is now the codeword for relativity of truth, in which all ideas are supposed to be equally valid – equally right.
2) Why were Christians persecuted in Rome. It wasn’t because they worshiped Jesus, but because they worshiped him alone. Early Christians believed in eternal truths and thus had a standard by which they could judge the beliefs and actions of others. The Romans thought if they could get rid of the Christians they could get rid of criticism of their own way of life.
That is what is taking place today. Western Civilization has backtracked to the old Roman empire and the persecutions that took place in the first three centuries after Christ.
Current events demonstrate an attitude that says “Get rid of the Christians and there will be no standards by which to judge our beliefs and actions.”