There’s a very interesting article posted on RELEVANT’s website today. It discusses recent legislation passed in the United Kingdom which makes “comments inciting hatred against homosexuals” punishable by up to seven years in prison. It no doubt raises questions about the issues of free-speech and the freedom of religious expression for those of us on this side of the pond.
Could we here in the United States soon be approaching a time when Christians who publicly label homosexuality a “sin” run the risk of being prosecuted and imprisoned? What threat would such legislation pose on rights guaranteed by the First Amendment?
Is the church prepared to learn new ways of engaging in dialogue about the “homosexuality issue” without being accused of “inciting hatred?” Is it possible to hold a view supporting the authority, truth and validity of Scripture without being (or at least coming off as) anti-gay? How do you talk about this issue with your gay friends? Do you even have gay friends?