THE vote by 168 to 122 in the House of Lord's tonight in
favour of the Government's Equality Act (Sexual Orientation Regulations)
2007 marks the imposition of a new morality.
It is a clear sign that despite saying they were going to
consult and listen the Government has failed to respect the consciences of
citizens whose values are formed and shaped by their deeply held religious
beliefs, be they Christian, Muslim or Jewish. This could have been easily
resolved by a simple conscience clause.
In a week where the whole country celebrates the 200th
anniversary off the Abolition of Slavery, brought about, by and large,
through the determined efforts of William Wilberforce, we would do well to
remember his driving force and motivation stemmed from his Christian
conviction. History will record that today's vote marked the increased
secularisation of Britain confining faith to private thought, rather than
public manifestation in works of service for the whole community.
The consequences and implications of the SORs will unfold
month by month. The result of the vote will mean that rather than balancing
rights, the right to live a homosexual lifestyle will trump the right to
live a Christian lifestyle.
Many Christians will be affected by this new law.
Christians and other faith community groups will be considering the
implications of the SORs carefully and will reflect on the various legal
options open to them.