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Jovan Wrote:Don't know if they're Catholic (I doubt it. The Christian Institute is a fundie prot organisation) but this is apropos.

Christians who suffered death threats and vandalism after being sued by a gay couple have put their B&B up for sale.

Peter and Hazelmary Bull spent winter “shivering” and sometimes going “hungry” because of the crushing impact of equality laws.

The Bulls will only allow married couples to share a double bed at their guesthouse near Penzance in Cornwall because of their Christian beliefs.

Their policy, which applies to heterosexuals and homosexuals alike, has been in place since the business opened, and is well adverstised.

But as soon as new gay rights laws were introduced in 2007, the Government’s tourism board for England struck the Bulls’ B&B off their approved list.

A few years later in 2011, the Bulls were successfully sued by gay couple Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, who won £3,600 in damages.

The UK Supreme Court will hear the Bulls’ appeal later this month in a case backed by The Christian Institute.

But in the meantime the B&B has been targeted with vandalism, wheel nuts have been removed from the Bulls’ car and recently a dead rabbit was nailed to their fence.

The B&B’s website was hacked and replaced with pornography, and the couple have received death threats.

The decision to sell the property – which is also their home – was not taken suddenly, Mrs Bull said.

“It was a gradual process; we just noticed more and more that we couldn’t make the mortgage repayments” she said.

“Last winter was terrible. We were actually shivering and were hungry. We are coming towards next winter and dreading it.

“In 2013, two people who worked all their lives at this have ended up cold and hungry. It’s not right.

“This is like a death in the family. I never thought it would end like this. We are not facing the future with any real enthusiasm.”

The Bulls’ appeal to the UK Supreme Court, to be heard next month, is supported by The Christian Institute’s legal defence fund.

Spokesman Mike Judge said: “It’s a chilling view of equality which ends up treating a pair of honest Christians like this. I very much hope the UK Supreme Court introduces a more balanced approach.”

To use your words in a different thread:

Buckle up, because it's going to be a long, rough ride.

What a grace to be alive at such a point in history. Many of us will have the opportunity to publicly defend Christ and His Church. Let us pray that we have the grace to persevere, because, most of us should be thinking, with St. Thomas More that: "I am not the stuff of which martyrs are made."
That's the liberal view: its only equality if they get special privileges.
For the Grace to persevere;
GRANT me Thy grace, most merciful Jesus, that it may be with me and work with me and persevere with me even to the end. Grant that I may always desire and will that which is to Thee most acceptable and most dear. Let Thy will be mine, and let my will ever follow Thine and agree perfectly with it. Let my willing and not-willing be all one with Thine, and let me not be able to will or not will anything else but what Thou willest or willest not. Amen.

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CONCEDE mihi, benignissime Iesu, gratiam tuam, ut mecum sit et mecum laboret mecumque in finem usque perseveret. Da mihi hoc semper desiderare et velle, quod tibi magis acceptum est carius placet. Tua voluntas mea sit, et mea voluntas tuam semper sequatur, et optime ei concordet. Sit mihi unum velle et nolle tecum, nec aliud posse velle aut nolle, nisi quod Tu vis et nolis. Amen.

tim
(09-19-2013, 02:42 PM)Tim Wrote: [ -> ]For the Grace to persevere;
GRANT me Thy grace, most merciful Jesus, that it may be with me and work with me and persevere with me even to the end. Grant that I may always desire and will that which is to Thee most acceptable and most dear. Let Thy will be mine, and let my will ever follow Thine and agree perfectly with it. Let my willing and not-willing be all one with Thine, and let me not be able to will or not will anything else but what Thou willest or willest not. Amen.

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CONCEDE mihi, benignissime Iesu, gratiam tuam, ut mecum sit et mecum laboret mecumque in finem usque perseveret. Da mihi hoc semper desiderare et velle, quod tibi magis acceptum est carius placet. Tua voluntas mea sit, et mea voluntas tuam semper sequatur, et optime ei concordet. Sit mihi unum velle et nolle tecum, nec aliud posse velle aut nolle, nisi quod Tu vis et nolis. Amen.

tim

Thank you for this beauty, Tim. I needed to hear just that, right now. (For other things happening in the world this day that makes it feel a bit  like 9/11 to me ... or will I wake up and tell myself I'm crazy. It's not as bad as it looks tonight?)

Anyway, thank you.