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Mr Adrian Smith's Comments, Homophobic or Not?

Mr Adrian Smith's Comments, Homophobic or Not?

A High Court Judge has ruled in favour of Adrian Smith, a Housing Manager.  His employers, the Trafford Housing Trust Limited demoted him to a non-managerial position with a consequential 40% cut in his salary because of his remarks on same sex marriages in churches.

Mr Smith a practicing Christian and occasional lay preacher attends an Evangelical Church in Bolton.  On Sunday 13 February 2011, Adrian read an article on the BBC News website headed:

 

"Gay church 'marriages' set to get the go-ahead" [1]

On the same day he posted a link to the BBC article on his facebook page under his name and commented that such an action was "an equality too far". [2]  A day later he further added:

". . .  I don't understand why people who have no
faith and don't believe in Christ would want to get hitched in
church the bible is quite specific that marriage is for men and
women if the state wants to offer civil marriage to same sex
then that is up to the state; but the state shouldn't impose it's
rules on places of faith and conscience."[3]

Mr Justice Briggs, in his judgement issued on the 16th of November 2012[4] at the High Court of Justice, ruled that "Mr Smith's postings about gay marriage in church are not, viewed objectively, judgmental, disrespectful or liable to cause upset or offence.  As to their content, they are widely held views frequently to be heard on radio and television, or read in the newspapers."

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Please feel free to leave comments on the issues raised in this case between

MR ADRIAN SMITH (Claimant) and TRAFFORD HOUSING TRUST (Defendant)


[1, 2 and 3] Case No:1IR54453, Adrian Smith Vs. Trafford Housing Trust,  High Court, Royal Court of Justice, The Strand, London. 16/11/2012

[4] Note that the actual hearing dates for the claimant and defendant before Mr Justice Briggs was held on the 18th and 19th of October 2012.

Brighton Kavaloh

Brighton G. Kavaloh is a retired Seventh-day Adventist ordained Minister of Religion. He is the Founder and Director of Advent Religio-Legal Perspective.

2 comments

posted by Adventrlp
Monday, 26 November 2012 17:08

Thank you so much Delma for your notable observations and Bible based response. Our Adventrlp readers may be interested to know that Mr Hugh Tomlinson, QC for Mr Smith as part of his submission, argued that :

"This case raises important issues of principle concerning the extent to which it is proper
or appropriate for employees to be disciplined for exercising their rights to freedom of
expression and to manifest their religious beliefs."

What other important issues, in your opinion, does Adrian Smith's case raise?

Further comments on the above quotation will be appreciated.
Brighton G Kavaloh

posted by Delma Aurdett
Monday, 19 November 2012 01:13

Adrian Smiths' comments denotes no negative or hostile connotations, and he is certainly not homophobic. In a democracy where every citizen have equal rights to express their own opinions concerning topical issues, as a christian Adrian also has the right to voice his own opinions and stand up for his faith without being ostracized. Why should the 'equality rule' support homosexual practices and not the christian's beliefs and practices? It's incomprehensible... such discrimination, whether we focus on it or not, is morally abhorrent. The high court judge's ruling in favour of Adrian Smith, demonstrates that God is in control and His words are true and powerful. I salute Adrian for his candidness and courage in standing firm to his faith, deciding that being on Gods side was worth more than public approval.

It's natural for those engaging in homosexual practices, to hold the christian responsible for the wretchedness that ensue as a result of their departure from Gods' truths. They put themselves under satans' power and cannot see the truth as the christian sees it. Thus when Gods' words mirrors their defilements, they become indignant at the thought of repoof. The bible clearly states in levitus 18:22; "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman, that is detestable". The Catechism of the Catholic church states that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disorded...they are contrary to the natural law...under no circumstamces can they be approved". Seeking to apply such homosexual ruling in places of faith and conscience is defiance against Gods' law. God cannot give His blessing to these unions.

Now is not the time for christian to 'equivocate'; but must have the courage to be 'absolute' not double-minded, to stand up for Gods' truths without being offensive. When controversy regarding these issues is painfully common and divisiveness abound; It's not the time for the christian to allow the world around him/her to squeeze him/her into its' mould. The christian's faith that is based on the authority of Gods' words as it is written the bible must not diminish.

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