You couldn’t make it up
Many of you will have heard that the Law Society cancelled the marriage conference we were due to hold on its premises as they claimed it contravened its ‘diversity’ policy.
It’s an astounding decision, as the view to be debated at the conference – that marriage should be defined as being between one man and one woman – is in perfect agreement with current UK law.
The event, entitled “One Man, One Woman - Making the case for marriage, for the good of society”, was billed as a debate between a range of high profile speakers, including senior family law practitioner Peter Duckworth, the Chairman of the Bow Group, Ben Harris-Quinney, the Director of ResPublica, Phillip Blond, and media commentator Cristina Odone.
Yet ‘progressives’ can’t stand the idea of intelligent people discussing views that they don’t agree with. ‘Diversity’ to them apparently means precisely the opposite – it means enforcing uniformity of thought.
A “totally impartial” body
The Law Society protested to us that, despite throwing us out, they were impartial and didn’t have a policy on whether same-sex marriage should be introduced. Yet the Law Society Family and Social Justice team recently tweeted “Gay Rights is the next great civil rights battle!” and linked to an article supporting same-sex marriage by David Furnish, Elton John’s partner!
And this is the body which is meant to represent all solicitors?
According to one poll, 70% of the public agree that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. Are all of these people now to be treated as untouchables and bigots by proxy?
What are we to expect if same-sex marriage is actually introduced into law?
Needless to say, the Law Society had no problem in 2010 allowing a booking for the highly controversial ‘Russell Tribunal’, described by critics as “an anti-Israel hate fest”, which they did not cancel despite a storm of protests.
Second Venue Cancelled
We quickly found a second venue – the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre – but they also cancelled on us, at 4.05pm the afternoon before our conference was due! And its Chairman, Ernest Vincent, gave me exactly the same reason for the cancellation – ‘diversity’, without appreciating the irony of using that word to ban opposing views.
We worked all night to get injunctive relief to force the conference to be held, but weren’t quite able to achieve that in time.
He tried to claim that one of our partnering organisations, the World Congress of Families, was homophobic, because it believes in traditional family values.
Yet the real definition of homophobia is having a fear of homosexuals. Both the leadership of the Law Society and the QEC appear to be terrified of the gay lobby. Isn’t it they who are homophobic?
The good news is, we managed to find a third venue at a Westminster Hotel and the conference was fantastic. I don’t feel I can give out the name of the hotel for they will then be targeted and vilified by our opponents.
They tried hard but our opponents failed to shut us down, and we are now building an intellectual and moral consensus that same-sex marriage does not work for the good of society and should not be introduced.
Freedom of Speech
It is sad that freedom of speech and freedom of belief are being trampled on so deliberately.
At Christian Concern we are being monitored closely by those who oppose our work in an attempt to ‘trip us up’ and paint us as hateful. But we are never hateful. We want to be full of grace, full of love and full of compassion.
When the opposition realise we’re holding an event, whether it is the Wilberforce Academy or The Marriage Colloquium, they frighten the authorities into submission to their view and attempt to force them to throw us out.
Possibly, these desperate attempts by the homosexual lobby to silence anyone who wants to have a reasoned debate about marriage, society and sexual ethics betrays a deep insecurity.
Maybe they are afraid that, that if people hear the arguments, they may change their minds. Maybe they are scared that their revolution will be exposed as unworkable and detrimental to the whole of society?
They are right to be scared, because it is. And we must love them and point them to the hope that is in Jesus.
No matter what opposition we face, we must never give up speaking the truth in love.
|Andrea is the CEO of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre. She is married with four children.|
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