I earlier posted that all churches in Denmark are now required to perform homosexual weddings, as per a report in the Telegraph. Someone in the comments said that this is only true of the state church. I asked for a link, and none was provided, but I did some research and found from several sources that this is the case.
Nevertheless, it is yet another step on the path towards total compulsion, similar to what B&B owners, printers, photographers, and others are facing. Once they dictate to the state church, it is not that long before they will dictate to others. The state church in Denmark is being forced by government to adopt the state’s preferred religion of LGBT acceptance, just as many others, even in the UK, are being forced to practice it outside the church doors.
I agree that the cloud of state coercion is on the horizon, but in countries with a state church, dependent on taxes for funds, they have a real hammer for cooperation. Free churches still have some freedom, but of course we know that states can try to control them also.
Agreed, Don. Here in the UK, if you are a state-approved charity, your donors don’t receive a tax break. Rather, the government gives the charity a top-up amount directly. That means almost all registered charities are effectively state churches, or at least highly susceptible to financial pressure from the state. We’ve never done the registered charity thing. Eventually, it won’t matter, but I figured it would buy us a little more time before they start trying to tell us what to do.
In Canada, the tax-exempt status is a real club. If a charity’s tax-exempt status is revoked, the charity has to forfeit all property purchased with tax-exempt money (or something like that, the details escape me). If I had been aware of that when we started I would never have applied for the status.
I was concerned about that possibility, too. I’m not sure that is written into law, but it could be anytime. Anyone who helps pay for something can be expected to feel they have a right to have a say in how it is operated.
The Charity Commission told a mosque that they couldn’t let one extremist preach. I’m glad the guy isn’t preaching hatred anymore, but what is to stop them from deciding to ban every “extremist” who says Jesus is the only way to salvation?
We don’t need their money.
Still shocking nevertheless. Sad.
Sad, yes. Shocking, not to us here. I expect it’s coming in the UK, too, probably within 10-15 years. The writing has been on the wall for a while, unfortunately.
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Thanks to Pastor Jon Gleason for clarifying the report in the Telegraph about homosexual marriage in Denmark.
Glad to help, it’s unfortunate the Telegraph article was so confusing.