Freedom of religion is written into the laws of all Western democracies and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948. But in all countries this freedom is being attacked and eroded.
Civil law should stand firm on well established principles and not be seduced by the undefined empty slogans of "choice," "quality of life" and "non-discrimination" which are then used to slander many good citizens as "phobic" or using "hate speech" in an attempt to intimidate them into silence.
Christians must assert their rights to exist in our Judeo-Christian based free society or they will be pushed out of modern culture by the totalitarians of the new secular order. In the UK there is persecution already, where a couple with an exemplary record as foster-parents were declared unfit guardians because they refused to teach children that homosexual acts were alright.
In the US Catholic charities have been removed from vital social services because they refused to agree to policies or procedures which violate moral principles. In Massachusetts families are denied the right to remove their children from corrupting sex education classes and an ensuing court case has overturned the constitutional right of parents to choose their children's education.
In Australia, laws do not protect the right to life of the unborn, so that there are now an estimated 100,000 abortions annually plus the horrendous post-abortion suffering and grief of mothers concerned. This amounts to four million children lost since the late 1960s. We could well do with this extra natural population for our development and to support the aged.
Marriage and family life are under serious attack in Western societies. All basic human rights and duties should be seriously considered at the coming federal election.
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