Monday, May 20, 2013

I thought this was settled law...

Some of you may recall when the LCMS through one of its schools ended up before the Supreme Court on the subject of a church's right to employ or terminate employment or not to employ people.  You might have thought that this victory on the side of the church to hire and fire as deems consistent with theology and appropriate with the confession of the church would be the final statement on the subject.  You would be wrong... Here we go again... different situation, different church body, and different cause but the same issue...

Read it here or a hundred other places on the internet...

Bishop Frederick Campbell and other school officials in the Diocese of Columbus could face criminal charges under the city of Columbus’ anti-discrimination laws for upholding the Church’s moral teachings on sexuality by firing a lesbian gym teacher.

The diocese has come under fire for terminating the contract of Carla Hale, 57, a physical education teacher employed for 19 years at Bishop Watterson High School, after learning of Hale’s “spousal relationship” with another woman. The diocese fired Hale after an unnamed Bishop Watterson parent forwarded to diocesan officials a local obituary for Hale’s mother Jeanne Roe, which listed Hale’s lesbian companion Julie as one of her survivors

My point is this.  Victory after victory before the courts in which the rights of religious groups and churches will not stem the tide of assaults from those who insist that higher than the right of religion is the principle of diversity in which no one is right and no one is wrong (except those who stand against diversity) and every does what is right in his or her own eyes (as long as nobody gets hurt).

Vanderbilt insists that Christian campus groups MUST accept agnostics and atheists and open positions of leadership to them... The City of Columbus insists that their laws against discrimination preclude a church from having a position on morality and putting that into practice...  The Obama administration remains silent about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East while refusing to call Islamic terrorists terrorists... The military and some other terrorism watch dogs define Roman Catholics and some Evangelicals and Fundamentalists as extremists worthy of observation as much as established Islamic terrorists who foment war and violence in the name of faith...

The faith and the Church is under assault -- not only in the empty Christian neighborhoods of Iraq or the persecuted streets of Egypt but right here in America, where freedom of religion (not just worship) is enshrined as a fundamental right to be abridged by no one and especially the government! 


Janis Williams said...

It seems 'sin wins' in the American courts. One badly enacted law (Roe v. Wade, by justice Ginsberg's own opinion) is the rock of Gibralter.

Pro abortion laws are assailed again and again by pro-life forces to no avail. I hate to be pessimistic, but those who think we're winning this fight don't really understand their foe.

The Christian Church is promised the Gates of Hell won't prevail, but we're also promised through St. Paul that all who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

As long as we have the avenue of law, we should fight. We also must pray, for the day may (I think will) come where we are not allowed to use the tools of the left-hand kingdom.

Dr.D said...

The forces arrayed against us know that they have most of the judiciary on their side. By continuing to file suits, they will eventually win more cases and establish precedents that they will use for their own purposes. This is the result of a nation that has largely turned its back on God. The Church is going to face increasing levels of persecution in all aspects of its work, both worship and in education and outreach.

Lord, have mercy on this sinful nation!

Fr. D+
Anglican Priest