One of the inevitable effects of equating a lifestyle choice with an inherent aspect of a person (their race, sex, or physical disability) in the eyes of the law is the growth of intolerance toward those who think differently. This truth was startlingly displayed recently when an American Christian missionary was arrested in Glasgow, Scotland for, well, doing what all Christian missionaries are supposed to do – preach the gospel:
A STREET preacher has prompted concerns over religious freedom in Scotland after being fined £1,000 for telling passers-by in Glasgow city centre that homosexuals deserved the “wrath of God” and would go to hell.
Shawn Holes admitted breaching the peace earlier this month by “uttering homophobic remarks” that were “aggravated by religious prejudice”.
The American Baptist, who was touring Britain with colleagues, was arrested by police while responding to questions from people in Sauchiehall Street on 18 March.
Holes, 47, from New York State, when asked his views on gay people, said: “Homosexuals are deserving of the wrath of God – and so are all other sinners – and they are going to a place called hell.”
The arrest was the result of a new law there equating homosexuality with race and being disabled:
New legislation introduced last week increased the penalties available for people convicted of “hate crimes” against groups such as gay and disabled people to the same level as race crimes.
Shawn Hole acknowledged later that he had little choice but to kotow to the Scottish authorities:
Holes said he had no choice but to admit the charge at Glasgow Sheriff Court because he was desperate to fly home to see his wife, and his father, who is in a hospice. However, he said he had expected to be fined only about £100.
It is more than sad that the country that produced the likes of John Knox, Samuel Rutherford, David Livingstone and Eric Liddell has become so intolerant and immoral that it cannot even discern the difference between the truth of the gospel, and a ‘hate crime’ – but this is the corruptive force of progressivism on the human mind and society.
We are often assured in our own country that the adoption of the same legislation will have no bearing on our essential freedoms – the facts show otherwise.