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 Pending Directive Would Mean Open Season on Christians

Pending Directive Would Mean Open Season on Christians

by Stephen Bakervillw, WorldNetDaily

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - The attack on Christianity taking place throughout the Western world is not limited to cultural polemics. It has crossed the line into legislation that will silence not only Christians but all speech to which anyone objects.

A little-known directive now pending behind closed doors in the European Union will enable anyone objecting to Christian beliefs to sue Christians or anyone else to whose views they object.

The proposed Equal Treatment Directive is a blanket order issued to European governments by the EU, prohibiting "discrimination" and "harassment" virtually by anyone against anyone. There is no requirement that accusers prove their accusations; instead, the burden falls on the accused to prove their innocence. Indeed, it is formulated so that an accusation in itself amounts to a finding of guilt. It also offers rich financial rewards to accusers and inflicts crushing financial penalties on the accused.

Though the directive includes a number of potential victim groups, sexual ideology is uppermost. "Sexual orientation" is among the grounds listed for victimization, and anyone offended by Christian sexual morality can sue and collect from anyone expressing it.

As with other measures formulated by sexual ideologues, victim status is determined subjectively: An accuser automatically becomes a "victim" merely by being "offended," essentially simply by accusing. Discrimination is defined as being treated by someone "less favorably" than someone else, and the determination of whether one has been treated less favorably is made by the one claiming to be a victim.

Thus any accusation is automatically true by definition. As professor William Wagner of Thomas Cooley Law School has observed, it is impossible to defend against an accusation; one is guilty by virtue of being accused.

The accuser may then demand virtually any amount of money from the accused. Being offended brings lucrative payoffs, and offending means ruin. This creates financial incentives to bring as many accusations as possible, creating a windfall for lawyers.

The directive also creates new armies of bureaucrats for the express purpose of encouraging complaints and lawsuits. It requires governments to create officials to provide "independent assistance to [alleged?] victims of discrimination in pursuing their complaints." As Sophia Kuby of European Dignity Watch reports, these officials will mount legal challenges in the names of the victims and assume the legal costs. No similar officials exist to protect the accused. The directive even allows private groups to mount legal action on behalf of accusers. "Any NGO [nongovernmental organization], who has the necessary financial power, could henceforth accuse alleged offenders and appear in court as complainant although the presumed discriminatory behavior is not directly related to them," observes Kuby. Since such groups could then figure their own "costs" into the inevitable award, this becomes a risk-free invitation to loot Christians and anyone else whose views are deemed "offensive."

The vagueness of the directive also makes it difficult to know if one has violated it. "The ambiguous language … fails to provide the public with adequate notice of the kind of conduct that is prohibited," writes Christian Concern for Our Nation. If citizens cannot determine what is prohibited, they cannot know if they have transgressed. Everyone is potentially guilty.

Especially insidious is a provision on "harassment," taken directly from the concept of sexual harassment, which it broadens to make even more vague and subjective. Harassment is defined as anything having "the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person and of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment." This allows an accusation merely for expressing something the accuser perceives as creating an "offensive environment." Criticizing homosexual conduct in the abstract is considered harassment of individual accusers (who are potentially limitless).

The directive also penalizes discrimination based on "age" but gives no guidelines for what this means. Because it can include children, it further undermines the authority and rights of parents.

With audacious irony, the measure also purports to protect "religious belief," but this is inverted to mean not freedom to express one's beliefs but freedom to sue others for expressing their beliefs. As Kuby explains, "explanation of one's religious tenets to a person of another faith could also be interpreted as harassment."

As is often the case with radical ideology, this directive creates precisely the problem it claims to be combating. A measure advertised to protect religious freedom will destroy it. If anyone is creating an intimidating and hostile environment, it is the EU, and if anyone is being harassed, it is Christians and others who express unpopular views. As noted by Andrea Williams of Christian Concern for Our Nation, "Rather than protecting people against harassment, the harassment provisions become nothing less than a license to harass those who disagree with one's views." Perhaps the first action under this directive should be a suit by Christians against the European Union.

The very method by which this measure is being considered reflects a culture of censorship. It is being negotiated in secret at the EU, and requests for documents by CCFON have been denied.

CCFON's apparently apocalyptic scenario is not far-fetched: "Those with an anti-Christian agenda will wield a weapon capable of extinguishing Christian expression in Europe."

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Source: WorldNetDaily.com
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COMMENT by ginnyrose:
Even if this possible legislation fails to become law, the fact that it is even up for consideration should give one pause.


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 2010/10/23 13:14Profile
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 Re: Pending Directive Would Mean Open Season on Christians

Whenever I hear anything like this there is one question that comes to my mind: who on earth would ever seriously consider any legislation like this? Are they people who are an only child whose every whim was catered to by a doting parent? A child growing up with multiple siblings know there must be give-and-take to have an orderly home/society. To not learn to submit to others is helping this child grow up to be a bully or brat, both of whom are absolutely obnoxious.

Having said all this, I recall the words of a Presbyterian lady in whom I had a lot of respect. Whenever I tried to figure out the reason for stupid/sinful behaviors, she would listen me out and say, "Sandra, it is because of sin!". "Yes, madam! You are right."

But I still do wonder...

ginnyrose


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Sandra Miller

 2010/10/23 13:31Profile
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Soon there is coming a Day
when we will no longer be
free to preach the blood of
the Lamb, the work of the
cross, the judgment to come
and the wrath of GOD, the
fate of sinners.
It will be considered "hate speech"
and a crime!!


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 2010/10/23 14:30Profile
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This is a rabbit trail - I will admit up front...

Whenever I read something like this, my mind goes to the Christian families and how will they raise their children in an environment like this? Obviously, I am a mother, hence my question.

Recently, someone posted here how a child was removed from the custody of a couple because of the father's political activities - or so it appeared...later another news article alleged the father was an abuser, but who knows? But this kind of action is becoming more common.

Do you remember the Esh family that was killed earlier this year on I-65 in KY? One of the couples were the adoptive parents of two boys who survived this accident. These children were taken into the home of another relative until the Dept. of Human Services descended upon the place and removed them! Due to the outcry of the community, the children were restored to this family! There are other stories of people who I know where similar actions were taken.

Yes, I do not fear so much for the adults but I do for the children coming on...poor innocent ones and their mothers - Oh, LORD! have mercy!

ginnyrose


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 2010/10/23 15:12Profile









 Re: Pending Directive Would Mean Open Season on Christians

The directive is filed under section, "76/207/EEC", "Equal Treatment Directive".

The Directive states:

"Equal treatment as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion

The purpose of this Directive is to ensure equal treatment for men and women in respect of access to employment, vocational training and career advancement, as well as working conditions.
ACT

Council Directive 76/207/EEC of 9 February 1976 on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working conditions [See amending acts].
SUMMARY

The principle of equal treatment means that there should be no discrimination whatsoever on the grounds of sex, either directly or indirectly, by reference in particular to marital or family status. Member States may, however, exclude from the Directive’s scope occupational activities for which, by reason of their nature, or the context in which they are carried out, the sex of the worker constitutes a determining factor.

The Directive is without prejudice to provisions concerning the protection of women (pregnancy, maternity), or to measures to remove existing inequalities which affect women's opportunities in the areas covered by the Directive.

Application of the principle means that there should be no discrimination on grounds of sex in the conditions, including selection criteria, for access to all jobs or posts at all levels of the hierarchy.

The principle applies to access to all types and all levels of vocational guidance, basic and advanced vocational training and retraining.

Application of the principle to working conditions, including conditions governing dismissal, means that men and women must be guaranteed the same conditions.

Member States must take the measures necessary to ensure that:

* any laws, regulations and administrative provisions contrary to the principle of equality are abolished or amended if they were originally based on a concern for protection which is no longer well-founded;
* inappropriate provisions included in collective agreements, individual contracts of employment, the internal rules of undertakings or rules governing independent professions can be declared null and void or amended.

Labour and management must be requested to undertake the revision of such provisions in collective agreements.

Persons wronged by failure to apply the principle must have the right to pursue their claims by judicial process.

Employees must be protected against dismissal by the employer as a reaction to a complaint within the undertaking or to any legal proceedings aimed at enforcing compliance with the principle of equal treatment.

The provisions adopted pursuant to this Directive and the relevant provisions already in force must be brought to the attention of employees by all appropriate means.

Member States must periodically assess the occupational activities excluded from the field of application of the Directive in order to decide, in the light of social developments, whether there is justification for maintaining the exclusions concerned. They must forward all necessary information to the Commission by the stipulated deadline, to enable it to draw up a report on the application of the Directive."

Reference: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/employment_and_social_policy/equality_between_men_and_women/c10906_en.htm

This article doesn't mention anything different than what most countries already have in place for the protection of race, colour, creed, sex, etc..

 2010/10/23 16:05









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Does the Bible say Christians can't go to law against non-Christians?

Regarding all the freedom and equality for women being promoted above, it should be noted this makes their children more vulnerable to being raised by non-parental figures over whom parents will have no ideological control.

Reminds me of this by Winkey Pratney:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWkiWuUTJE4

 2010/10/23 18:46
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In matters of work, occupation I wonder if the only 'safe' means of employment would be to be self-employed, no one hired beyond your immediate family? This question always comes to my mind...

ginnyrose


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