The Left Is Now the Censor – Greg Laurie Under Fire

By Kevin Theriot – Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel, Litigation

During the anti-war protests in the 60s it was the folks on the left side of the aisle who screamed “censorship” any time one of their own was not allowed to speak because of their anti-war perspective. Their stand for what they thought was right resulted in a quite a few good Supreme Court cases protecting the right to speak out even when espousing views that are unpopular.

Now the tables are turned and it’s the conservative speakers who are being censored. Most recently, the radical left has called for Pastor Greg Laurie to be “disinvited from speaking at the National Day of Prayer events coming up this Thursday, May 2, in Washington, D.C. The National Day of Prayer Task Force, chaired by Mrs. Shirley Dobson, invited Pastor Laurie to be its honorary chairman for this years event. The problem is Pastor Laurie actually believes and teaches what the Bible has to say about sex and marriage.
That’s a concern for pro-homosexual lobby groups and the liberal media who are doing their level best to convince us that homosexual behavior is a perfectly normal, healthy, and moral act in which to engage. Anyone from movie stars to professional sports players is lauded as a hero if they are brave enough to publicly admit they engage in homosexual sex. Anyone who doesn’t jump on the bandwagon and praise these folks as great examples of the new morality is persona non grata at any public event like the National Day of Prayer. Remember what they did to Pastor Loui Giglio who was invited to pray at the Presidential Inauguration in January. He made the mistake of preaching a sermon on the biblical view of marriage and sex 15 years ago, thus (in their view) making him the modern day equivalent of a Ku Klux Klan member.
What’s interesting is how the proponents of this modern “morality” justify their new code of acceptable sexual behavior. The Director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program is reported as saying, “Pastor Laurie’s message is out of step with what the majority of people of faith across this country believe.” Since when did what’s right and wrong get determined by what the latest polls say? If morality is determined by majority vote and government officials, then what Hitler did in Germany was perfectly acceptable.

Morality has to be measured by a higher standard, and our founding fathers believed that to be the Bible. Unfortunately, the Human Rights Campaign isn’t all wrong. There are many people of faith who have decided that the Bible really doesn’t mean what it says about homosexual behavior (see I Cor. 6:9-11 and Rom. 1:26-27). Instead they are doing what the Apostle Paul predicted in 2 Timothy 4:3 2,000 years ago. “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

Thank God for folks like Pastor Laurie who are brave enough to preach what the Bible says about sexual morality, even if it’s unpopular. Thank God for solid civic groups like the National Day of Prayer Task Force who have the audacity to ask Pastor Laurie to speak at their event, and the character not to back down in the face of public pressure. And finally, thank God for those protestors in the 60s who stood for what they believed, even though it wasn’t popular. They established some great legal precedent that we at Alliance Defending Freedom are using today to defend people like Pastor Laurie who are being censored because they don’t toe the party line.

If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t speak at school, in the public square, or at work, contact us immediately. We will protect your right to stand for the Truth – even if it’s unpopular.

Author: Alliance Defending Freedom