The Bible and Hate Speech

Written by Drew on October 17th, 2005

The website for conservative group Repent America reports,

Michael Marcavage, director of Repent America, faces up to 15 months in jail and a $2,800 fine for reading from the Bible at his local borough council meeting. He is a resident of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, which is the first community in Delaware County to have an open homosexual in public office. Michael attended the July 21st borough council meeting to share from the Bible his opposition to the council’s agenda of attracting more homosexuals to Lansdowne. During the public comment/question period, Michael was ordered not to read from the Bible by the president of the council, who stated that God’s Word is “hate speech.” Michael was then physically removed from the room and ordered out of the building. Prior to this, he was struck by one of the council members, and further assaulted by the Lansdowne police chief. After being told he is not being charged with any crime, Michael was telephoned the next day by the police chief and informed that he is being charged with “disrupting a public meeting” and “disorderly conduct.”

Christians had better get ready for this kind of discrimination. No longer will they be confronted with arguments against their cause–that kind of opposition was common in the Modern Age, the “Age of Reason.” Times have changed. We now live in the Postmodern Age, when it is not necessary to conform to established rules of logic and reason. Postmodernism declares, “There is no truth.” Consequently, Christians are dismissed as hateful bigots.

I don’t know anything about Mr. Marcavage’s beliefs. I’m not going to defend him, either, without knowing if he conducted himself in “meekness and fear” (cf. 1 Pet. 3:15). (You can read the other side of the story here). But his story serves as an omen of things to come, an evil sign pointing to persecution, godlessness, and a suppression of the truth (Rom. 1:18).


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