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Report of United Christian Witness Protest 8 December 2011 against Same-Sex Marriage in Edinburgh

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Last Thursday, 8th December, a successful Christian rally United Christian Witness against Same-sex Marriage went ahead outside the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, despite the adverse weather that brought Scotland to a standstill. The event was staged on the final day before the close of the Scottish Government's public consultation on same-sex marriage. Supporting the event were around 65 members from various churches, including the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, the Zion Baptist Church, and the Protestant Truth Society in addition to representatives from other churches in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

Donald John Morrison, the Organiser, opened the rally with an appropriate reading from Romans 1v16-32 before he then callced on the speakers to come forward and speak on the Bible's teaching about marriage and all that it represents. It was a great joy to proclaim the powerful and glorious truth of God's unchanging Word, interspersed with a lively and august singing of the Psalms before all who were present. The gospel was presented with clarity and with greater force than the howling wind around Holyrood Park by the speakers; namely, Timothy McGlynn, James Gracie, Stephen Holland, Jim Hamilton, David Carson, David Silversides, Trevor Kirkland, John McDermott and Bob Handyside. These faithful brethren, along with the supporters present, were all united in their defence of Biblical truth as the spiritual battle rages on between the powers of light and the powers of darkness over the proposed redefinition of marriage.

Around 30 representatives (most of whom were between 16-25) from a noisy counter demonstration group, including the LGBT, Equality Network and the Humanist Society of Scotland were also present. It was a pathetic sight to see them, some not yet even 16 years of age ranting and raving through megaphones about 'their rights' and holding placards displaying "Love is love", "God hates bigots", "Marriage predates religion", and "Modern Scotland for same sex marriage." Two girls, both dressed in a white wedding dress, constantly hugged each other until they left while others chanted disgraceful slogans. One lesbian displayed a banner plea for gay marriage equality "I don't want to steal your wife, I just want my own!"

Mr Ross Wright, from the Humanist Society, who addressed the demonstration, stated rather confusingly: "The argument for same sex marriage is simply two words: why not? It's really up to society to come up with some very good reasons why some people shouldn't be able to marry." I very much doubt whether Mr Wright will accept the 1,001 'very good reasons' that argue against this bizarre union. Everything, including the One who originally constituted it, is against it. Yes, God is against it. His laws are against it. The Bible is against it. Absolute truth is against it. Righteousness is against it. Purity is against it. History is against it. Psychology is against it. Nature is against it. Proper marriage is against it. And a permissive society is against it. The latter has resulted in broken homes, broken families, and a broken Britain. Furthermore, genuine Bible believing churches are against it. Genuine Bible believing Christians are against it. Even common sense is against it.

Needless to say, coverage of the event in the media and the secular press has, over the past few days, been misleading and very unbalanced with the truth about the happenings dreadfully distorted. This should not surprise us, as the world is always indifferent to the things of truth; especially if it's Biblical truth: "And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you." (2 Peter 2: 2-3)

While a Christian witness was going on outside the Scottish Parliament during the day, a very unchristian event was being staged inside the Parliament - in the Garden Lobby - on the same evening. A website reported, "Linda Fabiani MSP invites you, on behalf of LGBT Youth Scotland to an LGBT History Month event: Past, Present & Future. Join us to explore the stories of LGBT people: remembering our shared histories, hearing from Scotland's LGBT young people and celebrating our future; with author and activist, Ellen Galford. Festive entertainment on arrival by the Edinburgh Gay Men's Chorus." This is a scandal in itself, that the powers of our land are entertaining gross wickedness within their own walls while encouraging others to participate and applaud it. One couldn't help but hear God's voice forcefully speaking in Edinburgh and across Scotland on Thursday 8th December, after winds of up to 165mph battered the country. His intervention, on the stormiest night that Scotland has had for years, meant that this event it had to be cancelled.

The rally was hardly finished when the murmurers and complainers started shouting. Formal complaints were raised against Rev James Gracie and Rev Trevor Kirkland for words that apparently caused offence. The matter is already under police investigation, as is another incident involving Mr Gracie following words which he said earlier that morning when he was invited to speak on Call Kaye, a BBC Scotland live Radio Programme. Speaking on the subject of same-sex marriage, he rightly said that homosexuality was a sin and warned that any same-sex marriage law would be "a direct attack on the Christian faith and the Bible." Asked if it should be allowed on grounds of equality, he replied: "The difficulty with that argument is that people are not treated equally. If the homosexuals, and these people, want to be treated equally, then what about paedophiles? What about polygamy?"

When another guest, Tom French, of the Equality Network, disagreed, Mr Gracie replied: "Even if you were to take that view, there are people who steal, people have tendencies for all sorts of things." His comments provoked fury from groups supporting proposals to legalise same-sex marriage. Mr Gracie, a minister in Arthur Street, Edinburgh later stood by his on-air comments; although he did say he believed he was not allowed to finish his points, which may have left them open to misinterpretation. "I don't think I need to apologise or clarify anything" he said.

It is quite inconceivable that a Christian Protest like this should be necessary in Scotland at all. It certainly won't be the last either. This is only the beginning of a vigorous and active campaign against the Scottish Parliament's blasphemous and shameful same-sex marriage proposals, which will continue until the proposals have been completely overthrown.

These proposals, if implemented, are both divisive and destructive to the true meaning of marriage. To promote 'homosexual marriage' as somehow equivalent or equal to Christian marriage is not only to run counter to the Bible's teaching on the subject, but it is at variance with the time-honoured view of history. It is - regardless of what the highly vocal 'gay lobby' may claim – also counter to what the people of Scotland know to be true. It would therefore be a travesty were the Scottish Parliament to implement such changes to the Biblical and traditional view on marriage. Needless to say, this is a most serious issue. Indeed, it can be argued that were the changes implemented it would have a most profound effect on the moral and spiritual condition of our nation. Marriage is a defining mark of civilisation. The adoption of it within our nation has always been regarded as evidence of our civilisation, not as outmoded adherence to a primitive practice which now needs radical alteration.

We enjoy the blessing of living in a nation that has enshrined democratic principles - but this privilege also entails the obligation to make our voices heard in the political process. Those who value the family have a God-given duty to become involved in what is shaping up as the preeminent moral issue of our day: protecting the very institution of marriage. Our elected members in the Scottish Parliament must be put on notice that they face an historic choice between catering to the demands of a well-heeled, powerful cadre of homosexual activist organizations determined to radically alter the definition and nature of marriage, or listening to the voice of people across the nation who seek to preserve marriage as the wellspring of society and culture for themselves and their families for generations to come.

At such a time as this the unchanging Word of God goes to timely remind us that "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities...These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts." (Jude v7-19)

Donald J Morrison - Organiser
United Christian Witness...against same-sex marriage
10 December 2011

Third Party Reports of the Protests

Scotsman 8 December 2011: Same Sex Marriage law 'an attack on Bible'

Youtube Video of Protest Outside Scottish Parliament 8 December 2011

Scotsman 10 December 201: Protests over Bill for gay marriage Fury as minister links gays and paedophiles.