Four years ago, the British parliament voted to redefine marriage in the United Kingdom without giving the people the opportunity to have a voice in such an enormously significant issue through a referendum or other means. Australia is at least giving the people a plebiscite, a non-binding, though official government voluntary opinion poll. Perhaps the experience of Britain can be instructive to the Australian people.
On Gender, Prime Minister Theresa May has made proposals to abolish any need for a medical consultation before gender reassignment in favor of simply filling out an official form. A ‘Ministry of Equalities’ press release, explicitly announced, that the proposals were designed to: ‘build on the progress’ of same-sex marriage. Guardian journalist Roz Kaveney boasted that changing your gender is now: “Almost as simple as changing your name by statutory declaration.”
The ‘British gender revolution’ is seen everywhere. For instance, Transport for London has prohibited the use of the ‘heteronormative’ words, such as ladies and gentlemen. Meanwhile, universities across the nation are threatening to ‘mark down’ students, who continue to use the words ‘he’ and ‘she.’ Instead, ‘gender neutral pronouns’ must be uniformly applied.
Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGBT lobby’s Orwellian tagline: ‘Acceptance without exception,’ can be seen plastered on posters and adverts. Politicians, attempt to ‘out-radical’ one another, in the race to be an original champion, in the next emancipatory front of ‘Trans-rights.’
On Freedom of Religion, much was made in the UK, about supposed exemptions, designed to ensure that believers would always be allowed to stay true to their convictions. Four years later, the very same people who made “heartfelt promises.” now work tirelessly to undermine them.
Equalities minister Justine Greening insisted that churches must be made to: ‘Keep up with the modern attitudes.’ Likewise, the Speaker of the House of Commons, a position supposedly defined by its political neutrality, said: “I feel we’ll only have proper equal marriage when you can (expletive) get married in a church if you want to do so, without having to fight the church for the equality that should be your right.”
Tim Farron, the leader of England’s third largest political party, the Liberal Democrats is a practicing Christian. Once journalists discovered that, they demanded to know if he believed homosexual sex to be sin. Farron pointed out that he had been a strong advocate of LGBT rights legislatively and said his private convictions should not be confounded with his public position. Shortly after the campaign Farron resigned saying it was not impossible for a believing Christian to hold a prominent position in British politics.
In spite of Britain’s “foster crisis,” Aspiring foster parents who identify as religious face interrogation. Those who are deemed unlikely to ‘celebrate’ homosexuality have had their dreams of parenthood scuppered. Britain’s High Court, ruled that a Pentecostal couple were ineligible parents, even though the court recognized their successful and loving record of adoption, they decreed that above all else: “The equality provisions concerning sexual orientation should take precedence.
And on Freedom of speech, in the lead-up to the Parliamentary vote, there was almost incomprehensible bullying. David Burrows MP, a mild-mannered supporter of the Coalition for Marriage, had excrement thrown at his house. His children received death threats and their school address was published online.
Many hardworking Brits have lost their jobs. Adrian Smith was sacked by a Manchester Housing Trust for suggesting that the state: “shouldn’t impose its rules on places of faith and conscience.” Richard Page was fired for gross misconduct after saying that children might enjoy better outcomes were they to be adopted by heterosexual couples.
Simultaneously, contrary to ‘steadfast’ government assurances, small businesses have been consistently targeted. Courts in Northern Ireland ruled that the Asher’s Family bakery had acted unlawfully. What crime was committed by this tiny business? Politely declining to decorate a cake with a political message in support of same-sex marriage. The courts maintained that business owners must be compelled to promote the LGBT cause irrespective of personal convictions.
Even the National Trust, a British institution with over 4.2 million members, has decided to join LGBT bullying. Each of the Trust’s 62,000 volunteers would be required to wear a compulsory same-sex rainbow badge. Those who said they’d rather not were told they would be “moved out of sight” until they were prepared to publicly demonstrate inclusive tolerance.
And for Children, across the UK, ‘sex education’ has been transformed and disfigured. TV programmes, aimed at children as young as three, promote ‘gender fluidity,’ as an enabler of thoughtfulness and individuality. At the same time, Ministers have denied worried parents the right to withdraw their children from primary school classes. Meanwhile, ‘outside educators’ teach children about sex positions, ‘satisfying’ pornography consumption and how to masturbate. Concerns regarding STI’s and Promiscuity, are derided as ‘old-fashioned.’
And religious schools are under intense scrutiny. A Jewish girls school failed a review by Ofsted (a regulatory body) on one issue alone; inadequate promotion of homosexuality and gender reassignment. Ofsted said the school failed to ensure “a full understanding of fundamental British values.” And this was despite the fact that the school had passed a previous review with flying colors.
So, Aussies. What kind of society do you want to live in?
“Likewise also, as it was in the days of Lot…” Luke 17:28.