Wednesday 1 August 2012

Today is the first day of a new month and the first day that religious liberty takes a knock in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Readers of this blog will have gathered by now how fond I am of America so they will know how sad I am to see their erstwhile President forcing upon so many good Christian people a law that will offend them deeply. I refer of course to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which decrees that health insurance plans in the USA will be obliged by law to cover sterilisation procedures and contraceptives, including the ‘morning after pill’.

For my friends here who do not follow the American News channels this means Christian employers (including Churches) are having to decide whether to be faithful to their Christian beliefs and refuse to provide such facilities, or offend against their beliefs and follow the law of Obama rather than the law of God. If employers do not betray their consciences so refusing to subsidise sex, it will mean the men and women they employ will have to find their own cover.

I am sure many Americans will have been as surprised as I was that the legal challenge to Obama’s health bill at the American Supreme Court was defeated by 5 against 4, with the casting vote said to have been given by Chief Justice John Roberts, a Republican nominated justice, and a Roman Catholic Christian.

We have a Prime Minister who is enthralled by Barack Obama and is following his example by expressing his ‘passion’ to legislate for same sex unions, or as it is widely called ‘gay marriage’. I read only this morning that he does not think he can win the next election so will lose the leadership of his party. This is largely due to the fact millions of votes will be lost because his ‘passion’ has upset and disgusted so many traditional and sympathetic supporters, and wealthy donors are turning away. This may be a lesson for others that you play about with the law of God at your peril.

All we need now is for all the Christian people in America to think deeply before they vote in the forthcoming election and there could be the first ever Mormon President.

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