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Why Allow the Bible as a Defense for Hate Speech

Should Biblical Christianity be a protected class?

The question of the Bible being used as a defense for what detractors consider “Hate Speech” is clearly under debate today. Do Biblical Christians have the right to express their opinion on subjects such as abortion, gay marriage, and women in leadership using Scripture as support? This question has moved from the public forum, to the courts and is likely headed into the pulpit.

Hate Speech Defined

According to Webster, “hate speech” is defined as, “speech expressing hatred of a particular group of people”… Not a very helpful explanation as it really becomes circular based on our opinion on the line between conflict and hatred.

Polling Data

According to a poll (details here) put out by a nonpartisan collaboration between Dartmouth, Stanford, and UPen (summary here), the following results from 1000 respondents demonstrate the divisiveness on the subject of Hate Speech.

  • Only 25% of Americans believe the right to free speech today is either “very” or “completely” secure.
  • When asked “whether people can freely express their views”, 69% of Americans said the country is heading in the wrong direction.

The Issue

So the question becomes, why should a book provide someone the ability to speak what others define as hate speech? 

The reason Christians would offer is that it’s not the book that gives us a license to state OUR opinions. We believe the Bible was written by the Creator of the universe. It is not a book or a man, but God who is voicing an opinion. As Biblical Christians, we believe His views should take precedence over man’s authority. 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:8-9

Of course, anyone who does not accept the Bible as God’s word would see no justification in its use as a defense for being accused of hate speech. However, when it comes to controversial issues like homosexuality, my strong preference would have been to exclude it from the Bible as a sin. The problem is that my opinion does not matter. The Bible and God take priority over my and humanity’s opinion. 


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AuthorJeff Hilles | BCWorldview.org 

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