“Fairness For All” But A Growing Unfairness For Many

Feb 10, 2019 by

by Dr Peter Jones, TruthXchange:

In 2018 well-meaning fellow Christians on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities(CCCU), adopted an initiative called Fairness for All.  Among notable signers were Philip Graham Ryken, President of Wheaton College and Derek Halvorson, President of Covenant College. The initiative seeks some kind of common ground with LGBT people. These thoughtful Christian men clearly believe that in a pluralistic world this “Fairness” doctrine can identify a middle ground between those advocating LGBTQ rights and those defending religious liberty. The goal is to grant cultural and legal freedom from discrimination to the gay agenda, while granting exemption from pro-gay laws for churches and religious institutions.

The rationale behind the FFA agreement is that in our current pluralistic society, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is a good rule for religious liberty advocates and for gay rights supporters alike. However, as Robert Gagnon rightly notes, “Jesus didn’t formulate the Golden Rule to provide special legal protections for and promotion of, immoral behavior.”[1]Giving LGBT ideology and action a free and protected hand will only further the paganization of the state (which is not good for anyone) and deny the church any right to speak publicly and legally about God and the creation.[2]

Those of you who stay abreast of the news doubtless sense that Christians are facing profound challenges to the public expression of their faith in once “Christian America.” Those challenges come not only from a growing anti-Christian culture but even from fellow Christians.

In terms of fairness, Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation, believes FFA is not about freedom, which gays already actually have, but about “coercion”—of Christians. This arrangement “would penalize many Americans not in these protected Christian institutions who [still] believe that we are created male and female…. [It] will impose a nationwide transgender bathroom policy, a nationwide pronoun policy, and a nationwide sex-reassignment health care policy, and the free speech and religious liberty and the rights of countless professionals who find themselves outside the select group of institutions who are exempted will be denied.”[3]

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