Christian Legal Fellowships and their backwards agenda for Canada
I hope there aren’t any Canadians on the site foolish enough to think that abortion, gay marriage and the separation of Church and state are American issues. If only we were so lucky. Unfortunately, we have our fair share of crazies in positions of power. Take Stephen Woodworth: he’s a conservative MP who is fighting to include legislation that would re-open the “debate” on abortion. Like his American counterparts, he works with a private, religiously based organization whose mandate is to change the law to favor their particular faith. Called “The Christian Legal Fellowship”, the group is composed of lawyers and policy makers who cloak their clandestine objectives under the guise of promoting religious freedom. Their main weapon is the law and their goal is to fight any court decisions which disagree with their pathetic moral schema.
Their current caseload includes (1) attempting to reverse a judgement of discrimination against a gay person (claiming, what else, religious freedom), (2) arresting polygamists while still “preserving religious freedom” (I guess this kind of freedom only counts if it’s the same religion), (3) fighting existing assisted suicide laws, and finally (4) fighting a ruling that forced a couple to send their child to a religious diversity class. These should all sound vaguely familiar to anyone versed in the current struggles in America with these same issues.
What’s even more terrifying about this group is how blatant their message is:
Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF) is a national not-for-profit, charitable organization founded in 1978 out of the conviction that the vocation of law is a calling from God. With God’s calling comes the responsibility and stewardship of integrating Christian faith and law. Informing the Christian community about legal issues affecting them; and by Advocating a Biblical Christian worldview of law and Justice in the public sphere…”
It’s that “Biblical Christian Worldview of Law and Justice” that scares the crap out of me. The Bible is not an adequate moral compass for our modern society. It advocates slavery, genocide, misogyny, rape, incest, torture, execution and violence against others who aren’t in your little “club”. What these guys want is basically a theocracy, based on the shifting values of conservative Christians who think their “religious freedom” includes telling everyone else how to live their lives.
If you think I’m being overly dramatic, I suggest you visit their “objects” page, a creepy collection of pledges which show their true colors:
to encourage Christians in the vocation of law to accept the responsibility that they are the instruments through which the Holy Spirit of God works, and therefore are obliged to direct the law to reflect God’s righteousness and mercy, fully realizing that it is through the power of Christ and not the works of man that the Kingdom of God will be ushered in.