The SNP Scottish Administration promoted, and the Scottish Parliament has now passed, the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.
The Scottish Christian Party has drawn attention to the sexualised agenda of Scottish politics since 2006. When I said in the mid-1990s that Scotland was only halfway through the Sexual Revolution, I did not know what the other half would look like. Possibly we still do not know what is to come. What I do know is that it is defying the God of heaven Dan 7:25.
There are moves afoot to block this legislation at the Westminster level because of its consequences upon Reserved Matters and the Equality Act 2010. More and more people are discovering the weaknesses inherent in the unequal Equality Act 2010, to which I drew attention long ago.
Our hope is not in man, nor in untrustworthy Christians. The inability of Christians to take on the secular religion in our society is testimony to the quality of Christianity in our land. At present, there is a greater percentage of women having an abortion each year than men and women who will vote for the Christian Party. The result of this is that each year the number of women opposed to the Christian Party grows. Last year was the highest rate of abortions in England and Wales since records began in 1968, and in Scotland the rate was only marginally down from the previous year, which was in turn the highest Scottish number since records began in 1968.
For your information, Labour, Lib Dem and Green MSPs tended to support the SNP in yesterday’s vote, including Anas Sarwar (leader of Scottish Labour), Richard Leonard (former Scottish Labour leader), Rhoda Grant (Highland Labour MSP) and Jackie Baillie (Deputy Scottish Labour leader). Jackson Carlaw (former Scottish Conservative leader) was one of three Conservatives who supported the Bill but most Conservative MSPs opposed it (including Murdo Fraser, Edward Mountain and Jeremy Balfour). There were nine SNP MSPs who opposed it (including Fergus Ewing, Annabelle Ewing and John Mason). Kate Forbes (SNP Finance Secretary) was absent on maternity leave. There were two Labour MSPs who opposed it and no Green nor Lib Dems who opposed it.
Meanwhile, Scotland’s schoolchildren are being taught God-defying unchristian doctrines in our schools. The national churches and Christians in public life are not up to the task, but “be not deceived; God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” Gal 6:7.
God bless you all meanwhile, and continue His blessing into 2023 for those who will see it. Although there was darkness in Egypt, so dark that it could be felt, yet there was light in Goshen where the children of Israel dwelled Ex 10:21-23. Jesus reminds us: “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” John 8:12. Are you following Christ? What light do you use?
24 Dec 2022: where were the Christians to stop Birmingham City Council producing an Anti-Social Behaviour Order known as a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which includes “prayer” in its definition of illegitimate “protesting”. This is yet another example of 1. incompetent people drafting enforceable laws; and of 2. not enough Christians in public life standing up to expose the folly of those who draft such laws. This applies at all levels of society, from Westminster and Holyrood down to local councils. Thankfully the European Union level has now been removed but there are international laws being re-interpreted in an unchristian and antichrisitan manner. A woman has been arrested for praying silently in her head opposite an abortion clinic in Birmingham. A larger list of protesting has been produced by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, so that this is more widespread than has been apparent thus far. This takes the debate for free speech to a new level. The Birmingham City Council and the BCP Council, and how many others?, think that they have the authority to interfere with free speech to God Himself. Who gave them this authority and where and when did the public debate take place? The secular state is over-reaching itself. The topic is going viral and has reach The New York Times, which has an Opinion piece as long ago as 10 Oct 1994 that “personal prayer is not illegal”. What has changed? Where and when did it happen and by whom?
27 Dec 2022: Nigel Farage on GB News tonight said that none of the mainstream media had reported on the arrest of Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, the praying woman mentioned above, although Fox News, the biggest current affairs programme in America, had done so. GB News was the first UK broadcaster to interview her and she said that she has been praying outside abortion clinics for over 20 years. She interpreted the incident as: “They (the police) arrested me based upon my own thoughts.” The ADF UK lawyer fighting her case said that five other councils beyond Birmingham Council had adopted similar Public Space Protection Orders. She challenged whether the PSPO is lawful in itself, in view of Human Rights legislation concerning Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech. She said it is relevant to Clause 9 of the Public Order Bill going through Parliament at present. I found it surprising that no-one mentioned that the PSPOs defined protesting to include prayer, nor does it mention audible prayer.