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Freedom of conscience, religion under attack

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The world has reached a very unique time in its history where we are at a crossroads of an ideological battle which determines the future path of our society.

Several countries have taken audacious steps in attempting to redefine the family unit, and, even though many of these moves have only been done recently, the consequences of the actions have already been seen to lead down a devious path.

One case in point: On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was imprisoned for an indefinite period on account of 'contempt of court' after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licences because of her religious beliefs that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. This comes just a little over two months since the US Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriages should be allowed in all 50 states.

Her case is not the only one. Just a little over a month ago, a South African student council leader, Zizipho Pae, was temporarily removed from her post just for remarking regret regarding the US Supreme Court ruling - and this was on her own Facebook page!

Pastors have been sued for preaching repentance for homo-sexuals, bakers and florists have had to pay heavy fines, and teachers and other civil servants have been fired - just for standing up for biblical principles.

WHO'S THE BULLY?

This brings me to my next point. Despite the fact that Christians are the ones being persecuted, LGBT lobbies strategically invert the situation to make anyone who may speak against the lifestyle (even on biblical grounds) as being the 'bully'. But, who really is the bully?

When these laws are removed, freedom of conscience and religion for those who believe and follow God is, at best, restricted to one's private domain, and at worst, totally non-existent. The result is that those who stand for God are punished by those who impose their own ideologies, and society is shattered in chaos.

Despite all this, several argu-ments continue to be made in defence of the LGBT lobby based on humanistic reasoning and logic. But, without God as the absolute standard, where do we draw the line?

America is already falling apart with claims from polygamists and even those have sex with animals for their own 'right to love'. It bleeds my heart's core to imagine the future of our nation, our children and our world if we head down a similar path.

We must take the stand as Jamaicans, even if the rest of the world falls. We must stand in solidarity with God's teachings. We must have the real trust in the Eternal Father. We must not sell our soul for LGBT tourism or other investment.

Now is a time of sifting. We must choose who we shall obey - God or man. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

CRISTIANA FIEL