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Thursday 29 May 2014

Why no similar outcry when the Bible was recently mocked and Christians offended?

Recent days have witnessed an outpouring of condemnation directed towards Pastor James McConnell, minister of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast, over his comments in a sermon about Islam. We have had the 'former' IRA commander and Joint First Minister, Martin McGuinness, along with the moderator of the ecumenical Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Rev Dr Rob Craig, voicing their opposition. An assortment of others from the secular and ecumenical classes, including Alliance's East Belfast MP Naomi Long; MLAs Anna Lo, Alex Attwood, John O'Dowd and Danny Kinahan; Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, Ivan Lewis, Northern Ireland Secretary, Theresa Villiers and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore, have all come out to join in the chorus of condemnation as they castigate Pastor McConnell for his comments. When you have these types of individuals arrayed against you, what you say must indeed be the truth. A man is known by those who oppose him, as much as by his friends!

However, it is worth remembering that when the Bible was mocked and ridiculed a few months back in The Theatre at the Mill in Newtownabbey [For details click here] no such outpourings of condemnation were forthcoming from these individuals and their respective constituencies. At best, they stood by and were quite happy for the Bible to be mocked, without raising a single word of opposition. At worst, they insisted that the play must go ahead and the production must be allowed to mock the Bible in the name of free speech, civil liberties and a pluralist society.

It bears repeating that none of these individuals are publicly on record as raising a word of objection when the Bible was held up to mockery and ridicule. In fact, the local Alliance Party chairman of the Theatre's Artistic Board engaged in a most deceitful scheme to make sure that the offending play went ahead. See here - Dirty Tricks by the Artistic Board over Offensive Play

Yet when Pastor McConnell speaks out against Islam and describes this false religion as "heathen" and "satanic", there is a torrent of condemnation and abuse directed towards him. Where is the commitment to free speech, civil liberties and a pluralist society now? Does free speech and civil liberty only work one way? Are they only allowable when the Bible is being attacked but must be curtailed when false religions are spoken against?

Only one conclusion can be drawn from these recent events, namely, that it is perfectly acceptable to mock the Bible and to offend Christians, but you cannot say anything against Islam or Muslims. Once you utter a word against the false doctrines and practices of Islam, or any other false religion in this Province, as Pastor McConnell did, the wrath of the ecumenical and secular world comes down upon you.

What we have witnessed these past few days, from these lily-livered liberals, within the ecumenical and secular world, is a blatant exercise in two faced posturing and rank hypocrisy. It smacks of inconsistency. It simply begs the question: Why no similar outcry when the Bible was recently mocked and Christians offended? Their fake outrage at Pastor McConnell is exposed by the lack of any opposition to the offensive play recently allowed to go ahead in Newtownabbey and by their insistent demand that such a play must go on in the name of free speech.

There is a Biblical explanation for the conduct of these individuals. To permit the Bible to be attacked agrees with the natural prejudice of the sinful hearts of mankind. The natural heart hates the truth and loves the lie, Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be, Romans 8:7. The natural heart will therefore condone the mockery of the Bible but baulk at any questioning of false religions, such as Islam. 

Furthermore, nothing can be allowed to derail the ecumenical and secular agenda that is abroad in Northern Ireland political, religious and cultural society. Pastor McConnell, who was perfectly correct to describe Islam as he did, has exposed the hypocrisy of the ecumenical and secular elite. 

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