‘when Christianity becomes criminal’

I have a dear friend that was born and raised in the UK and now living in the states. He sent me a link to this CBN video with these comments….

“Welcome to my homeland.  I bolted from this and now the same thing is happening here.”

http://downloads.cbn.com/cbnnewsplayer/cbnplayer.swf?aid=9425

The message in the video says it all….. very thought provoking, eh?

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Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang, Christian owners of the Bounty House Hotel in Liverpool, England were recently arrested after a woman filed a complaint against them.
What was their crime? They defended their belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and not just a minor prophet of Islam. For this, the couple awaits trial and could possibly lose their business.

Now Federal Hate Crime laws have just been signed by President Obama. Left unchecked they can eventually have the same effect on our right to share the truth. So A Rally for Religious Free Speech will be held on Monday, November 16th in front of the Department of Justice in Washington DC.

– Christian Anti-Defamation Commission

 

The Hate Crimes Bill is a serious attack on religious liberty and freedom of speech. Soon, it will be against the law for ministers to tell the truth about homosexuality.
How do we know? That is exactly what has happened in other countries with hate crime laws!

  • A minister in Sweden, Ake Greene, was convicted of a hate crime and sentenced to a month in jail because of remarks he made in a sermon against homosexuality. 
  • A Christian grandmother in England wrote a letter to her city council expressing her opposition to a homosexual parade. Two police men turned up at her door and brow beat her for hours and warned her to watch her words or she would be arrested for a hate crime.
  • A Canadian Priest, Father Alphonse DeValk, was investigated for perpetrating a hate crime because he quoted a Bible verse in a debate about homosexual marriage. A Christian Canadian print shop owner was convicted of discrimination and fined $5,000 when he refused to print materials for a homosexual advocacy group because it violated his religious convictions.
  • In 2001, a Canadian provincial court ruled that publishing certain Bible verses critical of homosexuality was a hate crime after a man took out an advertisement in a local newspaper. Both the man and the newspaper were fined thousands of dollars.
  • Eleven Christians in Philadelphia, including two grandmothers in their seventies, were arrested and charged with hate crimes for peacefully sharing the Gospel at a public homosexual event. They faced up to 47 years in jail and $90,000 in fines.
  • In 2005, David Parker was arrested in Massachusetts because he demanded to see the principle of his first grader’s school. Without prior notification the teacher read his child’s class the story of King and King. It tells about two boys that fall in love and get married.

– Christian Anti-Defamation Commission

 

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If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. John 15:18-21

malachi

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