The victory of National Trust volunteers who objected to wearing badges showing support for gay pride was as welcome as it was unexpected – given the current politically-correct climate.
Can Israel learn from this in respect of caving in to intimidation over the Temple Mount? And they also face issues of gay pride, with a march being held in Jerusalem this week. More on the Mount later…
For those outside the UK, the National Trust is charged with looking after many of the nation’s great estates, particularly in cases where their upkeep is no longer economically viable for the original owners.
Now, following an outcry to a new directive barring volunteers from public-facing duties at a Norfolk stately home if they refuse to wear the gay ‘rainbow’ symbol over which dozens have quit, the Trust has backed down.
Unpaid staff at Felbrigg Hall had been offered behind-the-scenes roles after saying there were “uncomfortable” with the idea – part of a six-week ‘Prejudice and Pride’ event marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
As Trust members, my wife and I were already concerned about the trend shown in their magazine to promote the homosexual legacy linked with some of their country houses, and so I suppose this ‘badge of honour’ was the next inevitable step.
But they have tripped up, fulfilling a biblical promise that “whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.” (Proverbs 28.10)
The BBC and other media are milking the ‘golden’ anniversary for all its worth in plaguing us with a veritable flood of gay propaganda, so much so that it seems hardly possible to find alternative viewing. Their clear agenda is to heap this new morality on millions of people forced to pay through the nose for the ‘privilege’ with a hefty license fee.
That is bad enough, but when the national body entrusted with the immense privilege of looking after our magnificent heritage takes up the baton for which they have absolutely no mandate (neither does the BBC, for that matter), things have gone too far.
The courage of the NT workers is to be applauded. It shows there is still a remnant of decent folk who are not necessarily Christians but have nevertheless decided against having their hard-fought freedom, principles and consciences dictated to any longer.
The shame is that our spineless church leaders, who haven’t the bottle to say boo to a goose, failed to lead the way in what I suspect could be the beginning of a fight-back for a recovery of Christian standards.
Of course it’s too early to say if the backlash has truly begun – and things could yet get worse. After all – riots, terror and intimidation seem to have worked in Israel where murder and mayhem followed the killing by terrorists of two Israeli border policemen on the Temple Mount. These riots were not incited by Jews whom you might have thought would have been justified in doing so, but by Palestinians.
Because of the slaying of the policemen, the Israeli government installed metal detectors at the Temple Mount entries as an obvious safety measure – and this is what sparked the riots, said to have been inflamed by Israel’s arch-enemy Iran. To their shame, however, the authorities eventually backed off as tensions threatened to get out of control.
Bizarrely, Jews visiting the Mount – where their first and second Temples stood 2,000-plus years ago and which Muslims now claim as their own – are not even permitted to pray on what is their holiest site! And they do not object to metal detectors as they have no intention of harming anyone.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that (caving in to mob-rule) in the ongoing battle between gay rights and God’s laws.
In Hull, Yorkshire – once renowned from its predominance of evangelicals including the legendary William Wilberforce – a Church of England minister has held a special service to mark the city’s homosexual pride celebrations. And the event was addressed by a transsexual activist who was born male but lives as a woman and describes himself as a lesbian.
Meanwhile the Emmaus Group have launched a series of articles highlighting what they refer to as increasing acts of sedition against our most holy God.
“One of the biggest challenges hitting the church right now is the storm of secularism and humanism with its LGBT and transgender movements,” they said, adding: “The word of God is clear, concise and unambiguous: no sexually immoral person will have a place in the kingdom of heaven.”
Also among those denied entry to God’s eternal dwelling, they point out, are “all liars” – and they will be cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 21.8)
Such people “willfully pursue what is in opposition to God’s will and practice it with pride. So it should be no surprise the LGBT movements hold what they call ‘pride’ festivals…celebrating all that is abominable before God. And church leaders who advocate in favour of such iniquity will be judged more harshly.”
But I nevertheless hope and pray that we have turned the corner. Ordinary, decent folk also have rights – especially to a quiet life devoid of manipulation, intimidation and interference from busybodies determined to force their agenda onto an unsuspecting world.
The words of King Solomon are so true of today – and they also give us hope: “When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall.” (Proverbs 29.16)
Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon, and Peace in Jerusalem, available from olivepresspublisher.com