Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Downright Ridiculous

Dear Friends,
Ake Green, a elderly, gentle and humble pastor of a Pentecostal church, has been sentenced to one month in prison!   So what did he do to be sent to prison?  What was his crime?

Pastor Green was condemned in Swedish court for citing biblical references at his church in Kalmar, Sweden - like Romans 1:24-27 - against sexual immorality. Prosecutors claim that Pastor Green's sermon was a "hate speech against homosexuals."  A Swedish hate crimes law forbids criticism of homosexuality.  Canada recently passed similar legislation.

The same kind of law has passed through the state assembly in California and sits on the governor's desk awaiting his signature.  Americans United for Separation of Church and State: (AU) claims that it is illegal for your church and your church leaders to take a stand on issues that may be of concern in the elections.   They threaten lawsuits and the loss of churches' tax-exempt status.  All to keep church pastors and Christian leaders are silent on issues like same-sex marriage, abortion, and any issues of morality that might pertain to an election.

In my opinion this is downright ridiculous.   In many of my posts, I have pointed out just how far right the conservatives have become but this is a clear illustration that the far-left is just as fanatical and dangerous.  If you are outraged by this nonsense, consider contacting your elected official and asking them to support the "Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act"  (H.R. 235) which would protect religious free speech in churches and other houses of worship.

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