Cranmer is not being alarmist here. People have already been arrested for supposed ‘homophobic’ statements, or for carrying ‘homophobic’ placards at a protest. One if these simply stated that the practice was a sin, around which there was a minor altercation. Those involved in the brawl were not arrested, but the man carrying the placard was because he was the ‘cause’. It seems that people of faith are increasingly becoming intolerable to temples of relativist secularism sweeping the EU. Rocco Buttiglione, who was sacked as a Commissioner for his conservative views on abortion, the family, and sexual practice, led the way.
To outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is a threat to freedom of conscience and to freedom of religion. Christian landlords will no longer have control over what goes on under their roofs, and religious newspapers will no longer be permitted to reject advertising from homosexual organisations on grounds of conscience. How can the law force people of faith to approve and cooperate with values that they can never in conscience accept? What persecution awaits the dissenters?