Religious Freedom and Homosexuality

Religious Freedom and Homosexuality May 17, 2019

 

The Tower Bridge of London
London’s famous “Tower Bridge” over the River Thames  (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)

 

From the Interpreter Foundation:

 

The Parables of the Unjust Judge and the Importunate Friend: A Video Supplement for Come, Follow Me Lesson 19: “What Lack I Yet?”

 

Volume 31 Now Available for Ordering in Paperback and E-book Formats

 

More general Church news:

 

“Prophet Embarks on Nine-Day Pacific Ministry: Elder and Sister Gong join President and Sister Nelson in visits to seven countries”

 

From the United Kingdom itself:

 

“RootsTech comes to London”

 

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“Church Expresses Support for ‘Fairness for All’ Approach: Equality Act provides no protections for religious freedom”

 

For some other items on the Equality Act — not from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — see this video:

 

“The Equality Act Hurts Women”

 

Or this article:

 

“The Equality Act Hurts Women”

 

Or:

 

“The Equality Act Is about Coercion”

 

Or:

 

“Feminist Testifies Against the ‘Equality Act’”

 

From earlier:

 

“Bipartisan Women’s Rights Groups Protest the Equality Act: This new act is likely to pass, and bodes more harm than good for women and children.”

 

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On religious liberty more generally:

 

“Margaret Renkl vs. Religious Freedom”

 

“A New York Times Op-Ed Is Very Wrong About Religious Liberty”

 

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And, finally, an interesting current case involving issues of religious liberty:

 

I’m not a particular fan of Israel Folau — and not merely because I’m not even remotely a fan or follower of Australian rugby.  He was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but converted to a Pentecostal form of Protestantism — in particular, to the Assemblies of God —  as an adult.

 

What has recently gotten him into serious trouble is an Instagram post from back in April that read as follows:  “Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators — Hell awaits you.”

 

“Israel Folau sacked by Rugby Australia for social media post: Israel Folau’s contract has been terminated by Rugby Australia after he said “hell awaits” gay people in a social media post.”

 

Now, I don’t mind a bit that he’s catching flak for his expressed sentiment.  That’s perfectly fine.  But should his opinion end his career?  I don’t think so.  And not merely because a scriptural argument might be made for the position he’s assumed.  For me, it’s a matter not only of religious liberty but of freedom of speech more broadly.  And I would feel the same way if he had also said that “Hell awaits Mormons” — as, indeed, he may well have said, for all I know.  Do others have a perfect right to boo him, to decline to buy jerseys featuring his number, to terminate commercial sponsorships?  Absolutely yes.  But to end his career entirely is, I think, overkill.

 

Posted from London, England

 

 

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