Attorney General hints at 'profound difficulties' ahead for religious public servants
Dominic Grieve QC has said that 'gay marriage' will raise 'profound philosophical difficulties' for some religious workers in the public sector. Premier Radio has the story (with audio excerpt):
Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General has suggested that the proposed introduction of equal marriage will create 'individual conscience' issues for workers who will have to obey the rule of law by carrying out their public duties, using their required presence at a civil partnership ceremony as an example.Which is quite a timely interjection, really, in the context of a story developing over the pond. From The National Organization for Marriage:
Mr Grieve believes a serious debate is now needed on what parameters can be used by someone with a deep religious faith who works in the public sector, on the basis of them refusing to carry out an aspect of their job on the grounds of conscience.
We're not speculating when we say there will be terrible consequences if marriage is redefined in November. We're already seeing them. Let me explain.You won't read about this in the MSM. Even Dominic Grieve's salient warning - as a Christian communicant of the Church of England - will not reach the BBC news editors or the pages of the tabliod press. The issue of victimisation needs to be highlighted, and the Attorney General is doing so as best he can. Here in the UK there is a host of Dr McCaskills, but we don't hear much about them.
Today she was summarily put on administrative leave while university officials "determine her future" at Gallaudet. Why? Because it was brought to their attention that she signed the petition to allow the people of Maryland to vote on same-sex marriage!
No one is safe when marriage is redefined. The architects of same-sex marriage are bent on silencing and firing those who oppose their agenda. The irony of a university putting its own chief diversity officer on leave—a woman who by all accounts has served the institution with distinction for over two decades—simply because she chose to exercise her rights as a citizen, cannot be ignored.
This is a wake up call to all of us. We all have a stake in marriage. If we want to remain a society where free speech, religious liberty and the right to participate in our democracy are respected, we need to stand for marriage.
...And please pray for Dr. McCaskill and every courageous person who abides by the simple proposition that we all have the right to have our say on marriage.
Protecting marriage means protecting citizens like Dr. McCaskill, a woman who Gallaudet University deemed was fit to uphold the ideal of diversity in their institution and who believed that diversity includes respecting all sides engaged in the debate over marriage...
The principal rteason for that is the increasingly ubiquitous self-censorship. There would be far more martyrs but for the fact that people are now routinely self-censoring in their public workplaces. It is too risky to ‘come out’, even when one uses carefully-framed, non-emotive language. The LGBT rights agenda now controls the heights in our public discourse, with very few exceptions.
Dominic Grieve has sounded the alarm. The Government is duty bound to heed the warning.