African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts gay marriage, the archbishop of Canterbury has suggested. Speaking on an LBC phone in, Justin Welby said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been massacred by neighbours who had justified the atrocity by saying: "If we leave a Christian community here we will all be made to become homosexual and so we will kill all the Christians."
"I have stood by gravesides in Africa of a group of Christians who had been attacked because of something that had happened in America. We have to listen to that. We have to be aware of the fact," Welby said. If the Church of England celebrated gay marriages, he added, "the impact of that on Christians far from here, in South Sudan, Pakistan, Nigeria and other places would be absolutely catastrophic. Everything we say here goes round the world."
I read this on Father Dwight Longenecker's blog yesterday and thought it was important and should be reposted.
This is serious stuff; what we do in the west affects other countries. And certainly the vicious actions of Muslims in certain countries towards Christian believers is something we should all be aware of and feel some responsibility for.
Same-sex marriage is accepted now by a full half of the American population. Here in Canada, same sex marriage was made legal in 2005. However, given our rather small and wide-spread population, it hasn't had the same effect upon Canadian society that its legalization will upon the American states.
Recent commotions over acceptance of same-sex marriage (e.g. the firing of Brendan Eich from Mozilla for having given $1000 to California's Proposition 8) show the complete ignorance of gay rights supporters for what their campaign is going to do to people worldwide. Their fierce bullying of those who support traditional marriage comes at a cost to people they don't even think about.
As Matt Walsh says in his blog
You want to be free to love? You are. You always have been.http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/04/05/hey-gay-rights-fascists-in-spite-of-your-mozilla-victory-you-will-still-lose/
Heterosexuals don’t claim to monopolize love; only reproduction. I love in many ways and in many directions. But, alas, only one of these loves can (or should) result in the creation of a biological family. Thus, this love carries with it a certain distinction and a certain responsibility.
Matt is right; marriage is about the family, and that is one man, one woman and their offspring.
The push for gay rights is not the same as the push for civil rights, although supporters claim that it is. Civil rights in America did not lead to massacres in Africa. But the wholesale acceptance of same-sex marriage (and the Anglican church's acceptance would signify this in England) will lead to massacres elsewhere. And consciences should be bothered by that.