By Jonathon Van Maren
Back in 2019, I noted that the LGBT movement would methodically begin going after clergy for sermons. Most sermons and homilies are posted online; with laws that increasingly expand the definition of hate speech and sustained campaigns to portray Christian organizations at hate groups, it was only a matter of time before activists set to work trawling the hours of content hunting for any expression of heresy against LGBT orthodoxy. Any expression of the biblical view of sexuality and gender makes clergy a target.
The media is happy to help. In 2019, when a Catholic priest from Calgary was targeted for a homily in which he condemned the rainbow flag, the Toronto Star’s headline unabashedly sided with the activists: “Calgary priest under fire for homophobic remarks.”
Now, Pastor Terry Murphy of Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan, is under fire by LGBT activists for a March 6 online sermon defending biblical sexuality, in which he noted that today’s trans movement and the promotion of gender fluidity can be a form of child abuse.
LGBT activist Terry van Mackelberg, who discovered the sermon and was apparently shocked and offended to discover that a Christian church had not yet changed its teachings to align with his lifestyle and identity, has now organized both a Sunday protest in front of the church (drawing on comrades from Regina and Saskatoon), as well as an “application under the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, which protects a person’s right to equality without discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity,” according to CBC News.