Gay activists are successfully getting laws passed in cities around the country that discriminate against Christians. The laws are called nondiscrimination laws by the LGBT activists pushing through one city council after another. So far, over 180 cities have passed these so-called nondiscrimination ordinances.
In essence the laws provide special protection to LGBT individuals while at the same time; they place huge restrictions on the religious rights of Christians. For instance, the San Antonio city council voted 8-3 to pass their ordinance that bans any form of discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity. Their ban went so far as to forbid anyone who does not openly accept or support gay rights from conducting any business with the city. Violating the ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor that could result in a fine of up to $500 per day.
If a pastor is preaching on Sunday and says anything about homosexuality being a sin in the eyes of God, he could be arrested for violating the ordinance. If you are in a private conversation with someone and say that you believe homosexuality is a sin or that you are uncomfortable around someone because they are gay, you could be arrested. The way LGBT activists operate these days, I can see them visiting churches just to try to catch the pastor or someone else saying anything against homosexuality just so they can run to the city to have them arrested.
This is the concern of many Christian leaders throughout San Antonio and other cities that have passed similar laws. Jacob Herrera with Faith Outreach International commented, saying:
“The right for us to speak out and say, ‘I disagree. It doesn’t sound right.’ Now we’re labeled a hater, a bigot, homophobic.”
Rosalie Astran, a member of Abundant Life Church reacted to San Antonio’s ordinance saying:
“My faith, my belief and how I’ve raised my family—I can get in trouble for that because they don’t agree with that.”
Carleton Soules, San Antonio Councilman who voted no on the ordinance was deeply concerned about how the ordinance was rushed thru the system. He stated:
“We didn’t put the ordinance up on the website. It was fast-tracked through. Anytime we are going at light speed to do something that’s unpopular that throws a lot of red flags.”
“I believe if you’re a small business owner, operating within the city limits of San Antonio, or you’re a business owner that wants to do business with the city, you need to tread carefully.”
These non (or anti) discrimination ordinances echo the hate language measures that the United Nations has been trying to push on everyone. One thing they all have in common is that it is illegal to discriminate against anyone for race, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation and religion, provided you’re not a Christian. It’s perfectly legal and allowable to discriminate against Christians and restrict their rights of religion and free speech. We seem to be the only demographic group that can be slandered, insulted, urinated on, and told what we are and are not allowed to say. In some areas like California, homosexuals can counsel and provide therapy for those confused about their sexual orientation, but Christians are not legally allowed to provide the same counseling and therapy to the same confused individuals.
Today, we find nearly 200 cities with nondiscriminatory ordinances. By the end of the year the number will most likely be well over 200. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a federal law passed sometime before the end of 2014 that discriminates against Christians and provides the special protection for gays. If left unchecked, by the end of 2015 we could well see any public show of Christianity to be outlawed because it offends someone somewhere. No one cares about offending Christians because we’re just lower class citizens anyway.