The Conscience Clause: Discrimination is un-Christian
From one response to our consultation on the DUP’s conscience clause:
Christ commands that his followers must not treat any other human being in a way in which they would not like to be treated themselves. This attempt to legalise discrimination against LGBT people is unchristian and sinful.
Posted on 3 March, 2015, in Conscience Clause, News and tagged conscience clause. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
Presumably, though, if you were sinning, you would want to be told to stop sinning. So if you think that same-sex relationships are sinful, the by telling someone in one that they are sinning, you are treating them as you would wish to be treated.
For instance, if I were engaged in an adulterous relationship, I would want to be told that I was sinning and I should suffer the consequences of my sin. I would certainly not want anyone who discovered it to help me cover up my sin so my wife never found out.
The conscience clause is not about being allowed to tell people that they are sinning. The conscience clause is about being allowed to discriminate against people that you believe are behaving immorally; it is that discrimination that is un-Christian. A Christian who follows the teaching of the New Testament would never exercise the rights that the conscience clause would grant them.