Christian Views on Homosexuality Deemed "Hate Speech" by European Rights Agency

Christian Views on Homosexuality Deemed “Hate Speech” by European Rights Agency

By Hilary White

ROME, June 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When a European Christian pro-family group applied to join the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) of the EU’s Human Rights Agency, they did not expect to be denounced as promoters of “hate.”

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) objected to a statement by the Alliance of Romania’s Families (ARF) calling same-sex “marriage” an example of “human degeneration,” and denied their request for membership.

The ARF, a group lobbying to retain Romania’s traditional Christian social and legal underpinnings, had written on their website that, “So-called alternatives such as ‘families’ consisting of same-sex, are nothing but expressions of human degeneration.” The FRA responded, saying, “The qualification of other people’s sexual orientation as human degeneration is not an acceptable basis for creating a structured and fruitful dialogue.”

In a letter to the ARF’s president, Peter Costea, the agency called this “a fundamental rights perception that is incompatible with the participation in the FRP.” The agency also explained that their position was based upon the belief that ARF’s views amount to “hate speech.”

Costea responded to the FRA, saying that the rejection was “ideological and political.” He defended his organization, saying that members “believe in human rights and dignity for all, in diversity and mutual respect.”
lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jun/10063005.html

Coming to a country near YOU perhaps yours.

Is this surprising? If a religious organization, circa 1960, wanted to join a US government commission promoting equal rights, it would have been correct to object to their favorable views on segregation if such views were displayed in their literature.

The Romanian organization is free to express their views. But if they are against civil rights for some EU residents, then they don't belong on a commission to to promote such rights.

I should hope so! An organization that expresses a viewpoint in such a hateful way has no business even applying in the first place. I would hope that the same would happen in the US.

[quote="Kuan_Yin, post:3, topic:204203"]
I should hope so! An organization that expresses a viewpoint in such a hateful way has no business even applying in the first place. I would hope that the same would happen in the US.

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We are to condemn the sin and not the sinner and I believe the Dahli Lama himself came out against homosexual genital relations but since he was not a Catholic,no big hairy deal.

[quote="Soutane, post:1, topic:204203"]
Costea responded to the FRA, saying that the rejection was “ideological and political.”

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Absolutely. Classic. {thumbs dowwwwwn}

[quote="Soutane, post:1, topic:204203"]
Coming to a country near YOU perhaps yours.

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Sadly, probably not so far down the line, either, but at the same time, "nothing new under the sun":

When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Ps. 11:3)

On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among the sons of men. (Ps. 12:8)

Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter! (Is. 5:20)

For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves,...
"...we were born by mere chance [Darwinism, anyone?],
and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been;
...the breath in our nostrils is smoke,
and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts.
When it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes,
and the spirit will dissolve like empty air.
Our name will be forgotten in time
and no one will remember our works;
our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud,
and be scattered like mist
that is chased by the rays of the sun
and overcome by its heat....

"Let us lie in wait for the righteous man,
because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;
he reproaches us for sins against the law,
and accuses us of sins against our training.
He professes to have knowledge of God,
and calls himself a child of the Lord.
He became to us a reproof of our thoughts;
the very sight of him is a burden to us,
because his manner of life is unlike that of others,
and his ways are strange.
We are considered by him as something base,
and he avoids our ways as unclean;
he calls the last end of the righteous happy,
and boasts that God is his father...
Let us test him with insult and torture,
that we may find out how gentle he is,
and make trial of his forbearance. (W.o.S. 2)

[quote="Kuan_Yin, post:3, topic:204203"]
I should hope so! An organization that expresses a viewpoint in such a hateful way has no business even applying in the first place. I would hope that the same would happen in the US.

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+1 :thumbsup:

I hope I never have to live in a country where such hate speech as calling homosexual men and women degenerate in the public press would ever be tolerated.

[quote="Berean2, post:5, topic:204203"]
Absolutely. Classic. {thumbs dowwwwwn}

Sadly, probably not so far down the line, either, but at the same time, "nothing new under the sun":

When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Ps. 11:3)

On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among the sons of men. (Ps. 12:8)

Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter! (Is. 5:20)

For they reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves,...
"...we were born by mere chance [Darwinism, anyone?],
and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been;
...the breath in our nostrils is smoke,
and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts.
When it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes,
and the spirit will dissolve like empty air.
Our name will be forgotten in time
and no one will remember our works;
our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud,
and be scattered like mist
that is chased by the rays of the sun
and overcome by its heat....

"Let us lie in wait for the righteous man,
because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;
he reproaches us for sins against the law,
and accuses us of sins against our training.
He professes to have knowledge of God,
and calls himself a child of the Lord.
He became to us a reproof of our thoughts;
the very sight of him is a burden to us,
because his manner of life is unlike that of others,
and his ways are strange.
We are considered by him as something base,
and he avoids our ways as unclean;
he calls the last end of the righteous happy,
and boasts that God is his father...
Let us test him with insult and torture,
that we may find out how gentle he is,
and make trial of his forbearance. (W.o.S. 2)

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How true and to that I would add Isaiah 5

My first question is, why do they want to join the EU in any capacity at all? it's a toothless tiger, all Roar and, thanks to the Euro and it's devastating effect on singular economies, no actual bite. English politicians must be secretly boasting at their claim "we are one of the only European countries to retain our own unique currency".

It would be more fruitful applying to the UN's equivalent agency. They have real political power(at the moment).

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