You might want to sit down for this one lest you fall over in shock. Bryan Fischer is lying about something. In a column seeking to whip up fear that the government will force churches to perform same-sex weddings, he offers this whopper of a lie about what is going on on Denmark:
When we in the pro-family community argue that such conscience protections for churches one day will be hardly worth the pixels they’re painted with, we’re told we are exaggerating and fear-mongering, and that the concerns we are raising are about things that could never happen here.
Well, the day we prophesied has arrived. Churches in Denmark – and the U.S. will not be far behind – have been ORDERED to perform sodomy-based weddings whether they want to or not.
According to the London Telegraph, a new law passed by the Danish parliament “make(s) it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages.” No options, no exceptions, no choice. Homosexuals are to be married wherever they want, regardless of whose conscience is trampled and whose sanctuary is defiled in the process.
Sarah Jones at the Americans United for Separation of Church and State spots the lie:
While it is certainly true that in Denmark, same-sex couples have a legal right to be married in a church in some cases, Fischer neglects to mention the reason why that is so: Denmark has a state church. The law applies quite specifically to that state church.
“With the legalization of gay marriage, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark [which is the state church], is required to allow same-sex couples to marry in churches,” the Pew Research Center notes in a 2013 explainer on same-sex marriage laws around the world.
It’s hardly a blanket rule: Pew goes on to state that other religious groups are exempt from the law.
Catholic churches, for example, aren’t required to host same-sex marriage ceremonies, a fact the Vatican noted just this week. “For the moment we [the Catholic Church] are not worried,” Niels Messerschmidt, a representative of the Catholic Diocese of Copenhagen, told Vatican Radio.
So not only does Danish law protect the individual conscience rights of clergy in its state church, it imposes nothing on churches that are not affiliated with the state.
So the reality is that it’s America’s separation of church and state — which Fischer does not think should exist — that prevents this from happening. If the state and the church are one, the state can force the church to do such things.