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Judge Dion Basson, in a Pretoria high court ruling, ordered the NG Kerk Moreleta Park to unconditionally apologise to a gay music teacher it fired.
The church also has to pay him almost R87000 for impairment of his dignity, emotional and psychological suffering, and loss of earnings. Basson said the constitutionally-protected right to equality outweighed the church's right to religious freedom.
Homosexuality is not, like skin colour, a benign inborn characteristic that has no bearing on conduct or character. Sexual behaviour is based on one's choices and actions, and has to do with character, morality and society's basic rules of acceptable conduct.
If the church is expected to accommodate gays, then surely paedophiles and those involved in bestiality should also be accommodated - after all they just have a different "sexual orientation" and who are we to judge them? This is not about discrimination due to some inherent characteristic one has no control over.
It is a matter of the church doing business with whom it chooses. If people choose not to do business with those who act in a certain sexual manner, fine. Should schools choose not to do business with paedophiles, necrophiliacs etc, then let it be so.
Christians must support this church and take a stand against the intolerance of those homosexuals who interfere with the church's freedom of association.
Charl van Wyk, Glosderry