Albert Mohler: A Review of Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination
LGBTQ advocates are making the mistake of advancing their own liberties while denying liberty to others. It is particularly obvious in the area of religious liberty. The pattern of LGBTQ advocates advancing at the expense of religious conviction has clearly been established. And along with the assault on religious liberty, we are also noting that freedom of conscience is also dying a swift death.
When SOGI laws prevail, as they have in Canada, there will be no religious liberty. And that is in spite of the fact that these are guaranteed historic freedoms within our Charter of Rights and Freedoms as the first fundamental freedom.
The reason that this has transpired is because LGBT advocates have appealed to a higher court of appeal than national laws: human rights legislation. It is an intensely emotional appeal, and as such, has proved highly effective.
National laws have been undergoing a moral battering since Nazi war criminals defended their conduct by noting the fact that their atrocities were not only permissible in Germany, they were required by German law. The International Court of Human Rights in the Hague emerged in the wake of the acknowledged failure of German national law to protect all of its citizens in WWII.
However, SOGI laws are not really about human rights. They are a power move.
SOGI laws do not even purport to apply to all, except in the fact that they are now being enforced upon all through nation states partnering through the U.N. They have the force of the rule of nations, at the same time that they sever all association with the human nature, which is the very basis of the rule of nations whose pedigree extends back to the Roman Empire.
SOGI laws make no reference to human nature, or consider the human good. They are identity group rights.
SOGI laws are coming at a frenetic pace because they have an emotional appeal, and as has long been recognized by rhetoricians, emotional appeals work in the court of public opinion. What they cannot do, however, is establish any sort of coherent moral legitimacy. Dr. Albert Mohler, the President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary presents a fascinating review of a recent book debating the subject.
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