Carol Platt Liebau: The New Religious Persecution

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The New Religious Persecution

In Canada, Bishop Fred Henry is being hauled in front of the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

His "violation" of human rights? Speaking out against gay marriage in a pastoral letter to members of his diocese and in The Calgary Sun. As a result of Bishop Henry's outspoken defense of traditional values, two complaints were filed in front of the Commission -- which declined to dismiss them. So he is being called to answer. The process is projected to take about a year.

This should elicit widespread outrage -- even from those who don't agree with Bishop Henry's views. It is persecution of religious ideas . . . a bald attempt to impose an Inquistion by the Church of Political Correctness. Even if the Commission eventually exonerates Bishop Henry of human rights abuses (how ridiculous!), such proceedings are likely to have a chilling effect on the practice of orthodox religions of all sorts.

There is no place for this kind of persecution in modern civilized society. For shame, Alberta!


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