The Law Society has revoked the booking of a major marriage conference to be held by Christian Concern and others because it is contrary to its ‘diversity’ policy.
Christian Concern, which forms part of a family values coalition, the World Congress of Families, was due to host a colloquium at the Law Society on the issue of marriage, entitled ‘One man. One woman. Making the case for marriage for the good of society’.
In an astonishing e-mail, Adam Tallis, General Manager of Ampersand at the Law Society, stated that the event “is contrary to our diversity policy, espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same-sex marriage.”
A range of high profile speakers had been due to participate at the event at the Law Society HQ in Chancery Lane, London at the end of the month, including senior High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge, a senior Family Law Practitioner Peter Duckworth, the Chairman of conservative think-tank, Bow Group, Ben Harris-Quinney, Director of ResPublica Phillip Blond and media commentator Cristina Odone.
Now, Christian Concern, led by former Family Law Barrister, Andrea Williams, has been told its booking has been cancelled because of its belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.
The Law Society’s decision comes at a time when the debate over the Government’s proposal to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples has reached fever pitch after over half a million people have signed a petition opposing the plans. Some Conservative MPs believe that their recent local election losses were suffered because of the Prime Minister’s support for same-sex ‘marriage’.
Yesterday, Desmond Hudson, chief executive of the Law Society, said: “We are proud of our role in promoting diversity in the solicitors’ profession and felt that the content of this conference sat uncomfortably with our stance. Through our events and venues supplier, we have assisted the organisers in identifying an alternative, non Law Society venue.”
The Law Society recently tweeted: “Gay marriage is the next great civil rights battle.”
A politically incorrect Christ
Jesus didn’t have an “anything goes’ mentality. He didn’t accept every action as right or every opinion as equally true and valid. He spoke the truth, He lived the truth and He was the Truth. This meant that a clash with the culture of His day was inevitable. Don’t forget that if Jesus had kept His head down, turned a blind eye to injustice and ignored the errors of His day, He would never have been crucified!
Rejecting the well-trodden course of political correctness, He chose rather the path of highest resistance to the culture of His day. Jesus called the hedonistic Herod a fox, challenged the relativist Pilate with the truth and castigated the empty religion of His day as He fearlessly contradicted the Scribes and Pharisees.
Love speaks up for the downtrodden, rejects the lies of the arrogant and cuts at the roots of cultural complacency. Love confronts evil and is not intimidated by it. Today, we are told by our society that you cannot really know truth and that every opinion is equally valid. You cannot claim that you have the truth, that your book is the truth or that there is only one way to God. You are reminded that there are many “truths’ and many “ways’ out there – many rival claims to revelation and many “realities’ to choose from.
In a world of so-called tolerance, it seems as if the Christian gospel is the only truth not to be tolerated. Increasingly, pressure is coming to us from our culture to keep quiet about our faith. Our rights to proclaim the gospel are being resisted.