Scots Calvinist blasts new Swiss LGBT protection law

Scots Calvinist blasts new Swiss LGBT protection law February 18, 2020

EARLIER this month there were jubilant scenes in Switzerland when voters approved a new law that will make it illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation.

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The country voted in favour of the anti-homophobia national referendum by a majority of 63.1 – a fact that has deeply annoyed Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack, inset, who complained that:

Geneva has long abandoned the faith of Calvin, Farel, Beza and Knox. Switzerland’s Reformed Church even backed the new law.

So who is this Campbell Campbell-Jack geezer? His Grain of Sand blog says:

An insomniac Scots Calvinist looks at the Church and the world and wonders where it all went wrong.

According to Campbell-Jack, a retired Church of Scotland parish minister , what went wrong in Switzerland is that:

The new law will lead to an inevitable stifling of debate and restriction of democratic freedom. At present same-sex marriage is still not recognised in Switzerland, but there is legislation moving through parliament to legalise same-sex unions.

What will be the impact of the hate speech legislation when upholders of normal marriage enter into the national debate whilst rejecting same-sex marriage?

Will speaking against the legalisation of same-sex marriage be an act of public homophobia worthy to be criminalised? How clearly can biblical Christians express their opposition without falling foul of the law? Even with the firmest assurances, there will still be an amount of self-censorship on the part of Christians, just in case.

Campbell-Jack added:

Anyone who opposes the predominant progressive culture is understood to be weird, even deranged and in need of treatment … Our experience in Britain shows that it will lead very quickly to efforts to silence individual Christians in the public square, especially in corporate life, all branches of education and areas of public service, from speaking on the basis of that citizen’s own Christian convictions.

Christians have to accept that we are non-conformists in a world that increasingly demands conformity to non-Biblical standards.

A while back, writing about rulings against Christian bigots by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) the old fool said:

We have freedom of worship and can meet in buildings and sing hymns and pray. We cannot, however, come out of those buildings and allow our faith to inform how we live our daily lives. We do not have freedom of religion.

Yesterday’s rulings are another step towards marginalising the Christian faith and turning it into a private hobby. In the eyes of the ECHR Christianity is akin to train spotting or embroidery, interesting if you like that sort of thing but with little impact on the day to day world.

Campbell-Jack also has a bone to pick with the authorities in Finland, who are are apparently investigating Rev Dr Juhana Pohjola, leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission diocese of Finland, for hate-speech aimed at LGBT communities.


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  • Prosecution complex too much?. Seem they cannot remember the times in which they were the ones who silenced others.

  • DoctorDJ
  • Meurig ap Gweirydd

    Why does this remind me of a Sunday diving expedition at Loch Eport on North Uist back in the late 1970’s, where we surfaced to the sight of a crazy Church of Scotland minister berating us for enjoying ourselves on a Sunday – oh, and depriving the locals of their livelihoods because we picked up a few scallops while we were down. Weird really, especially as we always asked the land owners if it was okay for us to dive off their land, and they never objected and usually thanked us for offering to share anything we caught before declining.

  • Raging Bee

    They remember it all too well; and they’re dead certain it’ll happen to them if we progressives get our way. Because godless libruls can’t possibly be MORE charitable than good upstanding Christians, amirite?

  • Treyarnon

    ” In the eyes of the ECHR Christianity is akin to train spotting or embroidery, interesting if you like that sort of thing but with little impact on the day to day world” So true, most of the unbelievers around me have hinted that they saw religious belief and practice as equivalent to whether people play golf, or not. Really cuts it down to size and irritates the life out of believers, but they’ve no real way of rebutting it!

  • Michael Neville

    A bigot is whining because a country he doesn’t live is legally protecting the victims of his bigotry.

  • epeeist

    We cannot, however, come out of those buildings and allow our faith to inform how we live our daily lives.

    Or in other words, we can’t force people to follow our religion any more.

  • Joe_Buddha

    What I read between the lines: How DARE you stifle debate and restrict democratic freedom! That’s OUR job!!!!

  • epeeist

    where we surfaced to the sight of a crazy Church of Scotland minister berating us for enjoying ourselves on a Sunday

    The days when the children’s swings were locked up on Sundays has fortunately disappeared.

    As an aside, there used to be a Wee Free church that closed their website down on the Sabbath (which is what these people actually call Sunday).

  • Raging Bee

    What I read between the lines: “Oh noes, the people we’ve been demonizing are winning! Now we’re gonna reap what we’ve been sowing for 2000 years!”

  • Duncan R. Bryson

    Never heard of him but haven’t had any connection with The Church of Scotland for decades apart from the odd funeral. A recent survey for Humanist Society Scotland (I’m a member) indicated 59% didn’t identify with a religion and less than 40% identified with christianity. The pie chart didn’t divide that wedge into different aspects of christianity.

  • The best is the religion is Calvinism, one of the most despicable branches of Christianity -if not the most-. We’re saved because we say so, (many) others are doomed, and nothing can be done by them to change that.

  • phatkhat

    He looks the part of the stereotypical “dour Scot”. D’ye think he ever smiles?

  • persephone

    His face would break apart if he did.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    Ok, I a bit confused… Ain’t the Calvanists the ones who believe that God decided ahead of time who was gonna ‘sin’ and who was gonna be ‘saved’. So by this guy’s VERY OWN BELIEFS, he can’t ooking blame ANYBODY but his God for this.

    Oh, wait, I forgot the bigest ingredient in EVERY form of christhumping.. HYPOCRISY.

  • Robert McLean

    The featured fool was quoted saying: “Christians have to accept that we are non-conformists in a world that increasingly demands conformity to non-Biblical standards”. No, people are realising that the values expressed by this person and his deranged ilk are these days socially unacceptable. Also people are realising they’re free to discount these ‘Christian values’ and live life as they see fit. That’s the thing, ‘conformity’ regards non-biblical is in fact non conformity.

  • smrnda

    We cannot, however, come out of those buildings and allow our faith to inform how we live our daily lives.

    I love how people try to hide acts of discrimination behind such vague language. Is he going to have to gay marry someone? No, he can practice his religion all he wants. He just can’t demand everybody else does

  • epeeist

    You could always try the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, this is their take on religion in Scotland from 2017 – http://scotcen.org.uk/news-media/press-releases/2017/july/scots-with-no-religion-at-record-level/

  • epeeist

    When I used to comment on the Richard Dawkins site I came across David Robertson. Shall we just say he wasn’t the most pleasant person I have come across on the Internet.

  • Matt G

    Freedom is slavery! Where have I heard that before, Campbell?

  • Old Harry

    Doctor of What?

    It is important.

    Doctor of Theology is akin to Bachelor of Scraping Pig Muck from Your Boots, even in Scotland.

  • barriejohn

    I linked to that site a few years back*, but I’m not sure now which one it was. Even as an ex-Plymouth Brother I was gobsmacked! I believe these people close their website on the Sabbath (not the Biblical Seventh Day, of course), and their site is well worth perusing for a good laugh:

    https://www.fpchurch.org.uk/about-us/what-we-contend-for/the-sabbath/how-the-sabbath-should-be-kept/

    (* Possibly over the Sunday ferries or Sunday entertainment controversies which were raging at the time.)

  • barriejohn

    I knew a good many of those! (Mainly from NI, but with close ancestral connections to the Scots.) Calvinism is a very Old Testament take on the Christian message, and not just to do with predestination as others seem be implying. It’s very much about self-reliance and diligence, and the idea that God rewards those who “honour him”, keep his commandments, and behave properly. The Puritans took such ideas to America, where they still thrive today; a cold, heartless, devil-take-the-hindmost attitude to life, with little sympathy for those who fall on hard times.

  • Raging Bee

    Except that pig-muck-scraping is a useful thing to do.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    God forbid. I’m sure it would make neighborhood kids think twice about taking a shortcut across his lawn.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Will we ever be free of the tyranny of tolerance?

  • Barry Duke

    His face has been nagging at me for days, then came the Eureka moment. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b9884be118431d7dd668a966c0328d55337569001c3af84ff1427f8960603116.jpg

  • TheBookOfDavid

    Close, but I think this looks more like a Calvinist preacher smile.”>

  • Can we prosecute persecution or is it persecuting to undertake a prosecution?

  • Rann

    As a Canadian of Scottish descent, my answer to this bigot is “Up yer kilt!”