A brief note on this one – Trevor Phillips, head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is apparently of the opinion that religious liberty should make way before civil law.
It’s an age old struggle, of course – one thinks of Daniel 3 and Daniel 6, where Shadrach, Meshach, Abed-nego and Daniel all had to choose between God and obeying the law. Likewise, it reminds me of the previous incidences I’ve already highlighted here where freedom of worship or religious toleration is substituted for freedom of religion. The thing that most stands out for me in the debate, however, is the lack of concern for freedom of conscience, and any notion that there should be any limitation on the State’s power. The State should have no power, and should make no law, that compels someone to act against their conscience, nor should the law be propelled into every sphere of life.
Unfortunately, the idea that liberty and limited government go hand in hand with rule of law seem to have been forgotten.