Over the past few months, there have been several examples across the country of discrimination against individuals who hold Christian beliefs. These cases stem from same-sex marriage activists, some of whom unleash harsh and uncompromising attacks against individuals who in good conscience, cannot support same-sex marriage ceremonies due to their religious beliefs.
Unfortunately, as Russell Shaw from Aleteia opines, these attacks are only a preview of the challenges that traditional marriage supporters will face, particularly those who are practicing Christians:
The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it isn’t—thank God—bloody persecution like the persecution of Christians in many countries. But it’s real persecution and likely to get worse.
This new persecution currently has two prongs.
One consists of pressuring individual religious believers to cooperate with public policies inimical to faith. The other prong is pressure targeted at religious groups and institutions to adapt their programs to the promotion of values hostile to the sponsors’ moral convictions.
When and if the Supreme Court announces its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, it will be taking a giant step in both directions and paving the way for more. As we saw in Indiana earlier this year, efforts to protect the right of conscientious objection to the radical redefinition of marriage will come under even fiercer assault.
Shaw puts forth Archbishop Chaput’s argument that the reason we are facing such a devastating attack on freedoms and rights is due to a lack of a “moral consensus”:
In a talk several weeks ago to seminarians of his archdiocese, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia pointed to the driving force that lies behind the new persecution—a radical collapse of moral consensus, reflected in a disastrous breakdown of public moral discourse.
“The biggest problem we face as a culture,” Archbishop Chaput said, “isn’t gay marriage or global warming. It’s not abortion funding or the federal debt….The deeper problem, the one that’s crippling us, is that we use words like justice, rights, freedom and dignity without any commonly shared meaning….Our most important debates boil out to who can deploy the best words in the best way to get power.”
Source and quotes via Aleteia.