The Eclipse of God, the Subversion of Truth, and the Assault upon Religious Liberty

Aug 9, 2019 by

by Albert Mohler:

An address to the Western Conservative Summit, July 13, 2019, Denver, Colorado:

Our concern in this gathering is the assault on religious liberty now experienced within the United States and throughout Western Civilization. The very civilization that paid such an incalculable price through the centuries in order to defend and preserve human rights and human liberty, now grows hostile to the most basic liberty of all. History’s most courageous experiment in self-government, predicated upon unalienable rights, now seeks to alienate the unalienable. The cultural Left in the United States now dares to use the term “religious liberty” only with scare quotes.

How did this happen?

I believe that conservatives in the United States have vastly underestimated the reality and comprehensiveness of the challenge we face. All of us see parts, but it takes concentrated attention, a devotion to history, and a serious reckoning with ideas to see the whole—the vastness of our crisis. We see religious liberty denied when a cake baker in Colorado experiences sustained efforts to put him out of business, or worse, accompanied nationwide by florists and photographers and a host of others. We see the Fire Chief of Atlanta, Georgia removed because he dared to teach a biblical pattern of human sexuality, and then dared to put his convictions into print—primarily for his own church. We see Christian schools and ministries confront unprecedented challenges across several fronts and we see a continual effort to coerce Christians to surrender to the new regime of sexual rules, gender identity, intersectionality, and identity politics. The enemies of religious liberty are playing hardball, and we were warned.

Chai Feldblum, formerly of Georgetown University Law Center and later appointed by President Barack Obama to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, over a decade ago admitted in a public statement that religious liberty would have to give way to the new sexual or erotic liberty. This new sexual liberty was invented by moral revolutionaries, enshrined by the U.S. Supreme Court, and now used as a weapon of cultural and legal warfare. Then, looking to the day when same-sex marriage would be legalized and religious liberty would be inevitably denied or redefined, Feldblum said: “I’m having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win… Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases sexual liberty should win because that’s the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.”

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see also: Tim Farron: Why I put Christ ahead of my careerby Sam Hailes, Premier Christianity.

How the Sexual Revolution Has Corrupted the Professions (and What You Can Do About It!)by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ruth Institute. “The movement to ‘queer the library’ [and other influential organisations controlled by respected professional organisations] is not a grassroots movement. Rather, it is a well-funded campaign orchestrated by elites to recreate the world according to the fantasy ideology of the Sexual Revolution.”

See also (for evaluations of more optimistic accounts of Christianity’s prospects in contemporary Western culture):

Christianity and culture: balancing attack and defence: A review of ‘Plugged In’ by Daniel Strange, by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream.

Why Fading Civil Religion Is Good News for Church Renewal, by Jen Pollock Michel, The Gospel Coalition

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