Why Ireland voted for marriage equality Michael Brown reports in Charisma News (27.5.15) on the extraordinary pressure brought against those who stood for marriage in Ireland, and the vote hardly reflects an unbiased enlightenment.
A Christian from Ireland wrote: “I am an Irish citizen who voted and campaigned for a NO vote. For anyone who thinks we were negligent concerning the gospel or in any other way, let me tell you some of what we were up against…
“This news is devastating to the nearly 37.9 percent of us who voted NO, many of us born-again Christians. We tried so hard to prevent it, but were up against every political party and up against millions of U.S. dollars that were being poured into the yes campaign. American billionaire Chuck Feeney alone contributed over $24 million.
Every ‘civil rights’ group on the block was behind the yes vote. When NO vote campaign signs were posted in Dublin and other places, they were vandalised. Public media (are) supposed to allow 50:50 coverage for each side of a constitutional issue. This was blatantly ignored. The public police force was drafted in to support the YES vote and to register college students to vote, and they passed out YES badges to each student as they did so. And these things are only part of the story. The pressure was incessant and unbelievable.
Even the ballot paper was biased. We argued that the term ‘marriage equality‘ was biased, but yet that term made it on to the ballot paper.
“Meanwhile, Christians fasted and prayed. We passed out flyers. We used social media to communicate our concerns. But all this was on a very grass-roots level. Only the Iona Institute stood up for the NO vote. Only three representatives in our entire Dail (our parliament) stood up for a NO vote. Is there any small nation on earth that would survive such an onslaught? I’m actually amazed that the NO vote was as high as 37.9 percent after what I have seen.
Sadly, the tried and true tactics of bullying, intimidation, media bombardment, aggressive activism and massive U.S. funding won another victory for the gay revolution.
But this Irish Christian woman is absolutely right: We will have the ultimate victory (not over gays but in the Lord), which is one of the main points I make in my newest book, due out in September, Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Where Homosexual Activism Is Really Going and How to Turn the Tide.
Right now, though, the believers in Ireland need our prayers, our encouragement and our solidarity. This is part of an all-out war on the gospel.
Michael Brownhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_L._Brown is the author of 25 bookshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_L._Brown#Publications, including Can You Be Gay and Christian?http://www.amazon.com.au/Can-You-Gay-Christian-Homosexuality-ebook/dp/B00IQY2P14 and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show “The Line of Fire.http://www.lineoffireradio.com/” He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Consciencehttp://coalitionofconscience.org/.