During this global pandemic, many churches have taken their services online in an effort to protect their congregation from catching or transmitting this potentially fatal disease. Whether they choose to, or are forced to by law, this is meant to be a good thing.
The Regina Victory Church is one of our local churches that has moved to online services via Facebook and You Tube. Last weekend, they posted a sermon “Raising Godly Children” by their pastor, Terry Murphy.
In this sermon, Murphy told parents that they should discourage their children from making poor choices – specifically making the ‘choice’ of becoming gay, (which he insinuated is on par with ‘pedophilia’ or ‘being a tramp’ – amongst other ongodly things).
When the LGBTQ spoke out against this sermon, Murphy claimed to be a strong person with strong opinions who was a champion of personal rights such as free speech. He would not apologize for his opinions, nor would he be silenced or ‘cancelled’.
This weekend, Murphy posted an ‘apology’ on the church website. He apologized to those who may have been offended and assured them that he never meant to be offensive. ‘Sorry, not sorry’.
Sadly, I am not surprised by any of this.
The right to free speech is meant to protect citizens and grant them the right to speak out against misguided political policies, injustice, and the like.
It disgusts me when those with power and authority attack vulnerable groups in our society. It disgusts me even more when they justify their ignorance and cruelty by cowering behind their ‘right to free speech’.
Our ‘right to free speech‘ is a privilege – one that we are most fortunate to possess. I, for one, am tired of seeing it bastardized by these pathetic bullies who use it as a weapon to encourage hatred, spread lies and misinformation, and generally target and undermine anyone, or any specific group of people.