More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter voicing alarm that same-sex marriage could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during “centuries of persecution” of Roman Catholics in England. They claim that, taken in combination with equalities laws and other legal restraints, the Coalition’s plans will prevent Catholics and other Christians who work in schools, charities and other public bodies speaking freely about their beliefs on the meaning of marriage. Even the freedom to speak from the pulpit could be under threat, they claim. And they fear that Christians who believe in the traditional meaning of marriage would effectively be excluded from some jobs – just as Catholics were barred from many professions from the Reformation until the 19th Century.
I think they are quite far sighted in this regard and one dismisses their argument with some peril. The entire “equalities” industry is about restricting liberty and when it is combined with gay militancy, it becomes toxic to those who seek to maintain traditional Christian values. So, a cleric standing up in a Pulpit quoting from Leviticus, for instance, is going to find himself frog marched off to the nearest rehabilitation center tout for some emergency treatment!