[Byfield] Get ready for open persecution in about five years, Christians warned

[Byfield] Get ready for open persecution in about five years, Christians warned

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Such nonsense, I thought, but then Canada’s Supreme Court lent it great credibility

[Ted Byfield Blog] I had read very little of Dr. James R. White of Phoenix, who heads the much respected Alpha and Omega Institute. He is a notable speaker, a Calvinist Christian and a skilled apologist, who makes the Christian case more rationally than emotionally. Imagine, therefore, my shock earlier this month when I saw a video in which he quietly predicted that within five years Christianity will be under open persecution in the United States.

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It will begin, he said, with the closure of property tax exemption given to churches from the founding of the country, and it will seriously reduce the size of Christian congregations. He even portrayed bureaucrats waiting at the doors of churches on Sunday mornings asking for the identity of the worshipers who will be subject to special taxes if they continue into the church.

Such nonsense, I thought. I’m duly pessimistic about the prospects of Christianity everywhere in the western world, but five years? I certainly wouldn’t agree with that. Surely, things aren’t moving that fast.

The following day I read the Canadian Supreme Court decision on Trinity Western University’s projected law school. Pressured by the gay lobby, the law societies in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia had decided to refuse membership to any graduate of the TWU law school because the university requires all its students to restrict sexual activity to married male and female unions. It was immediately hailed as a magnificent victory for gay rights.

It was considerably more than that, though you could scarcely discover this from the media coverage. Of two points, I could find no mention whatsoever. They were:

First: Fifteen years ago. the same court, by an equally heavy majority, refused the efforts of the teachers’ unions to prevent TWU on the same grounds from running a faculty of education. The two cases — the teachers then, the lawyers now — were virtually identical. So why the about-face? What do we know now about the particular sexual deviations involved that we didn’t know then? If the court had an answer, it was keeping awfully quiet about it. Plainly the only thing that changed was public opinion. So in effect the court has abandoned all pretext of assessing law, and is now functioning as a kind of juridical Gallup Poll. How are the mighty fallen!

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