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Sexual Orientation Regulations 2006 [UK -- here it comes]
VirtueOnline-News ^ | 5/21/2006 | Anglican Mainstream, UK

Posted on 05/21/2006 6:01:45 PM PDT by sionnsar

'A bigger threat to Christian liberty than the Religious Hatred Bill?'

An incredibly important piece of legislation threatens Christian freedom to act with integrity according to the Bible. The government have proposed 'Sexual Orientation (Provision of goods and services) Regulations' which will impact churches, Christian organisations, charities, groups and individuals. The Regulations have been described by some leading Christian figures from across denominational lines as representing an even greater threat to Christian liberty than had been posed by the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.

The matters raised by this topic are necessarily sensitive and quite complex, so please read our full briefing on the matter which can be found in the 'Information and Action Packs' we have produced.

See the Church specific pack at: and the Christian organisation pack at:

The following e-mail is therefore only an introduction to the issues and should not be read without reference to the Information and Action Packs.

On top of this, please pass on the information about this legislation to all Christians you know. Knowledge about this issue is vital, and time is of the essence.

What are the Sexual Orientation Regulations (SOR)? Using power they gave themselves through the Equality Act 2006, the government are pushing through a new law (the SOR) which will make it illegal for anyone who provides goods, services, facilities, premises, education or public functions to someone else, to discriminate against that person on the grounds of their sexual orientation i.e. whether they are homosexual, heterosexual or bisexual.

Why is it a problem? Firstly, we must stress that Christians are commanded to love all their neighbours (including homosexuals) equally. Christians would never want to be homophobic or discriminate against homosexuals out of bigotry or prejudice. Christians of course earnestly desire the repentance and salvation of homosexuals.

However, the Bible is clear that the only rightful sexual relationship for which we were created, is a relationship between a man and a woman in the context of a legitimate marriage. Consequently, there are times when Christians need to be free to discriminate against homosexuals in order to be consistent and clear (not just with our words, but also with our actions) in declaring that the Bible says homosexual practice is sinful.

Consider a Christian couple who own a bed and breakfast. They provide a 'service' according to the law. Therefore if the SOR become law, it would be illegal for that Christian couple to refuse to let a room with a double bed to a homosexual and his partner who had a registered civil partnership. This would be the case even if they also refused an unmarried heterosexual couple such a room: according to the new Regulations a registered gay civil partnership is equal to a marriage, and to discriminate against gay civil partners would constitute discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Consider a Church who hire out their hall to local groups. In law, that hiring out counts as offering of 'premises'. If the Church refuses to hire the hall out to a local gay group, that would be illegal discrimination under the new Regulations, even if the gay group wanted to use the venue for an event promoting homosexual practices.

Consider a Church of England school. They offer education, and were the SOR to become law, it would be illegal for the C of E school to have a 'bias' on their curriculum in favour of heterosexual relationships - this would discriminate against any possible homosexual pupils or homosexual parents who wanted their child to be taught about the acceptability of homosexuality.

There are many, many other examples.

When is it happening? The government has promised that the Regulations will be in force by October 2006. The Government launched a consultation in March 2006 in order to find out whether people think there should be any exceptions to the laws. For example, they are asking whether there should be any exceptions to protect religious groups whose doctrine teaches that it is wrong to encourage homosexuality. The consultation closes on the 5th June.

What can be done? The Lawyers' Christian Fellowship Public Policy unit have produced two comprehensive 'Information and Action Packs' on this piece of legislation: one is for churches and the other is for all Christian organisations (however big or small the organisation, and whether they operate for a profit or not).

There is therefore one incredibly important thing that every single Christian can do: make sure your local church and any local Christian organisations have a copy of the Information and Action Pack on the SOR.

The church pack can be found at

and the organisation pack can be found at

The only way that Christian freedom will be secured is by Christians responding to the consultation and making it clear that we will not compromise over Biblical teachings. If people do not have the Information and Action Packs they may not even be aware of the threat of this legislation, let alone fully understand its legal implications.

TOPICS: Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda

1 posted on 05/21/2006 6:01:47 PM PDT by sionnsar
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To: trubluolyguy

Are we so far from that here?

3 posted on 05/21/2006 7:15:51 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0urs)
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To: sionnsar

That would be horrible.

4 posted on 05/21/2006 8:44:01 PM PDT by trubluolyguy (When Ted Kennedy and HRC support you Mr. President, it's time for some soul searching)
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To: sionnsar
Britain was once a great Christian nation whose Christian missionaries evangelized much of the non-Christian world, and now it has come to this.

How long can it be before America goes the same way? If the far left ever gets in power again it won't take long.

5 posted on 05/21/2006 9:04:06 PM PDT by epow
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To: sionnsar
Nevertheless, it is not for the supremacy that you have sought my blood, but because I would not bend to the marriage!

Thomas More's final words at the "trial" before he was beheaded, according to A Man For All Seasons.

"Marriage" now defines that which it isn't. Are all Christians now destined for the Tower of London?
6 posted on 05/21/2006 9:11:55 PM PDT by jobim
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To: jobim

Oh I love that line in the play. It sums up the whole reason for the trial, and is such a great climax to it.

My other favorite line is directed at Richard Rich who lied under oath to condemn Moore... something like "It profits a man nothing to sell his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?"
I know it has no bearing on this thread. Sorry.

The introduction of this legislation is just one more move towards the nomalisation of homosexuality in this country. It restricts the rights of others to follow their consciences.

7 posted on 05/22/2006 3:31:33 AM PDT by mikeyc
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8 posted on 05/22/2006 4:46:43 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Knights of Columbus martyrs of Mexico, pray for us! Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: sionnsar

Sounds like homofascist totalitarianism is taking hold in Britain.

9 posted on 05/22/2006 7:44:24 AM PDT by pravknight (Liberalism under the guise of magisterial teaching is still heresy)
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To: sionnsar

I think the ending period nicked the second link. This works:

10 posted on 05/22/2006 8:58:22 AM PDT by polymuser
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