Brazil Considers Bill To Persecute And Jail Christians As Homosexuality Becomes The Legal Weapon Against Believing In The Bible

By: Tia Johnson 0 Comments   11/14/2012

Confiscated Bibles, burned-down churches, and demanding dictators aren't the only subjects in stories of legalized persecution of Christians. In "free" nations like Brazil, Canada and even the United States, spirited bills passed into law become our source of persecution.

A bill has been baking in Brazil's Congress for nearly 8 years now that could do just that.

Technically labeled PLC 122/06, the bill provides criminal charges for anyone found guilty of discriminating another based on gender, sexual orientation or regional origin.

The bill was sponsored in 2006 and has been rising through committees. It needs to be voted on by Brazil's Congress before it becomes law.

Laws are already in place in Brazil to protect those discriminated against based on race, color, ethnicity or national origin. But this new bill suggests a prison stay of two to five years for acts considered discriminatory toward those who consider themselves homosexual. It may even open the door for persecution of discrimination done long ago.

Some Brazilian senators and church groups are concerned about the cost on religious freedom and freedom of speech resulting from this bill.

"The mainstream Church in Brazil believes scripture labels homosexuality as a sin," wrote Keyla Cezini of the Christian Post. "Christian leaders believe the new legislation could lead to religious leaders being charged with crimes for simply expressing the Bible's teachings."

It appears that in a fight to combat discrimination, activist groups are actually creating discrimination. In this case, specific legal protection for those who consider themselves homosexual results in specific legal discrimination for those who think differently.

We have seen it here in Minnesota as discussion ensues regarding the marriage amendment placed on the ballot Nov. 6. Students in schools who support the amendment have been threatened and bullied for how they think.

And in Maryland, just being open to democracy on issues like homosexuality can rally in the troops.

Recently, Angela McCaskill was discriminated against by her workplace- Gallaudet University. She was placed on leave because she signed a petition to put same-sex marriage on Maryland's ballot.

According to the Huffington Post, the president of the university said many were "concerned and confused" about McCaskill's signature on the petition.

McCaskill believed the residents in Maryland should have the opportunity to vote on same-sex marriage. Apparently the university president was closed to McCaskill's open-minded beliefs. Ironically, McCaskill's position was chief diversity officer at the university. The university's reaction, however, created a harsh clamp on diversity of thought.

Anti-discrimination laws are necessary and well-placed when battling acts against people because of one's physical body (regarding race or gender). But when they become instituted regarding how one thinks and feels, we have reached a problem. 

Homosexual desires and religious convictions both reside in our thoughts and feelings. Let's be honest- only God is capable of discerning the intentions of the heart. This ruling is simply not safe in the hands of a judge.

So to make legislation either in support of or against how one thinks or feels is treading lurky waters. Where could it lead? If enough support was gathered, other ways of thinking could be criminalized... and I shudder to think who might consider themselves the rightful judge of that.

Tammy Bruce, a self-identified lesbian feminist, shouts out the dangers of legislating thoughts in her book titled, The New Thought Police. Her book has captured my attention because Bruce holds the same beliefs as those on the left yet has fairly identified the dangers of their intolerances.

"At the heart of Thought Police activity is the argument that certain sorts of speech and the expression of certain opinions hurt certain people or groups and as a result should be curtailed," wrote Bruce. "The issue here is the moving of the line of forbidden speech into the territory of your thoughts and ideas about culture."

Bruce identified the impact the "thought police" have on a nation when she wrote, "the fear of offending has effectively paralyzed any willingness we may once have had to engage society."

What, then, shall we do? Don't allow yourself to be silenced. If we don't speak up now, we may be criminalized for speaking up later.  

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