Opponents to religious freedom are becoming more numerous and much bolder in their assaults. And it’s not just the usual crowd anymore. The Obama Administration, American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Planned Parenthood, and others, are going non-stop in their attempts to radically change the world.
One of the more outrageous recent assaults is coming from the United Nations. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is one of the UN organizations opposing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, marriage and family. The Convention uses pressure tactics to browbeat nations into acceptance of radical social changes.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child told the Catholic Church to yield its Biblical beliefs to a worldview that can only be called secular — and the darker things that come with it.
The Convention called for the Church to approve abortion and homosexual behavior. It told the Church to approve of contraceptives – not just adults, but for children!
Ironically, the Convention originally started out in 1994 with a pro-life stance:
“… the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.”
In the Convention’s 2014 world, preborn children are no longer entitled to “appropriate legal protection.” The committee demanded the Catholic Church change its teaching on family. It accused the Church of “stigmatizing” and contributing to “violence” against the children of homosexual parents.
The Church, among others, has long believed the Convention undermines parents’ rights. And the committee wants to dispel that perception. It is pressuring the Vatican to give up its reservation.
This assault on religious freedom is not occurring in a vacuum. It raises red flags for Protestants and Catholics alike. Though the Catholic Church is under attack now, everyone with Biblical beliefs on marriage, life, and liberty should pay attention. An attack on anyone’s religious liberty is an attack on all.
Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said, “These attacks on the Church serve to marginalize the Church simply for standing on Biblical Truth. The church must be allowed to be the church.”
The Vatican is seeking to do just that. It is objecting to the Convention’s “attempt to interfere with Catholic Church teaching.” The Church is confirming its commitment to “the moral and religious values offered by Catholic doctrine.”
Situations like this are increasing in frequency and intensity. And that’s why Alliance Defending Freedom exists. Along with our allies in the U.S. and overseas, we are protecting everyone’s right to speak free, pray free, and live free. The United Nations must respect religious freedom and allow the Church to be the Church. Only then, will children and people of faith truly be free.