Judge Shaunathan Bell’s Evangelical Faith Judged by Left
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) isn’t the only one who wants to drive Christians out of the workplace. After the red-faced senator went on an angry tirade over the faith of Trump’s budget pick, the backlash was so intense that even the media chimed in. The idea that the Left would impose a religious litmus test seemed shockingly un-American. But if liberals learned their lesson, you wouldn’t know it in Alabama, where LGBT activists are suggesting that a judge should be disqualified from a case simply for being a believer.
At the heart of the case is a woman who now identifies as a lesbian. In her divorce proceedings, she has twice demanded that Judge Shaunathan Bell recuse himself because he preaches at a nearby Baptist church. “She also argued that Bell, a political conservative… has ‘publicly expressed belief that homosexual relationships and marriages are contrary to God’s law’ — a stance she believes could influence his ruling on the custody of her child with her husband…” the New York Daily News reports.
Fortunately, Bell has refused. Like us, he doesn’t think that his beliefs compromise his judgment — a reality his previous rulings would confirm. In two cases before Tiara Brooke Lycans, Bell granted joint custody of children to other same-sex couples. And he did the same in his pending ruling here. That doesn’t seem to satisfy Lycans, who petitioned a higher court to remove him — unsuccessfully.
Just because Christians believe what the Bible says about marriage and sexuality doesn’t mean they’re incapable of upholding the law or defending other people’s rights. To suggest that judges shouldn’t have any personal convictions is, ironically, its own brand of intolerance. Not to mention that if any side is guilty of misapplying the Constitution to suit their own agendas, it’s the Left! Their activism — not Christians’– is what’s led to the outrageous rewriting of America’s fundamental laws on life, liberty, and family. Unfortunately, this is just a continuation of the effort to drive men and women of faith out of public life. In this age of “diversity,” it’s becoming more and more clear that the only group that it’s acceptable to attack is Christians. That must be aggressively fought — in Alabama and everywhere.
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