Why Christian Apologists Should Be Concerned About the Increasing Loss of Religious Freedom
by Matt Rawlings
When Mozilla’s CEO Brendan Eich was forced to resign as CEO for making a $1000 donation to Proposition 8 (which was illegally leaked by someone at the IRS), gay rights activist and columnist Andrew Sullivan stated that if this was the campaign for equality than count him out. Sullivan wrote, “The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society,” he went on to say ”If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.”
The Eich controversy hit about the same time the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case of Elaine Photography. If you are unfamiliar with the charges filed against Elaine Huguenin let me break it down: Elaine and her husband Jon had recently moved to New Mexico. Elaine, a gifted photographer helped supplement their family income by shooting wedding ceremonies on the weekend. Elaine received an email from a woman in a lesbian relationship inquiring about photos for a same-sex commitment ceremony. Elaine politely refused stating she only performed traditional ceremonies because she is an evangelical Christian. Elaine was taken before the New Mexico Human Rights Commission and fined $7000.
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When the case hit the media, secularists attacked Elaine as a bigot. Many Christians, including a handful of my fellow apologists, also argued Elaine was in the wrong because they did not see a difference in refusing to shoot a same-sex ceremony and a racist refusing to serve a person of color at a lunch counter. Some raised the question of whether there is any difference in refusing to shoot the wedding of two non-Christians. Few if any raised the question of whether there is a difference between offering a service that is, in and of itself, sinless (like eating) and participating in an activity that is inherently sinful (a homosexual union) that cannot be redeemed and continued.
But all those arguments aside, few seemed to pause and ask about the ramifications of a nation incrementally losing the religious freedom it has long enjoyed. I would argue this is an issue that committed Christian thinkers should take very seriously…
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