The speaker for the United Kingdom’s House of Commons has said that religious freedom must always yield to LGBTQ rights.
Speaking at a PinkNews reception on July 4, John Berkow echoed the words of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton when he declared LGBT rights were “human rights,” even though religious freedom has been hailed as a human right for over two centuries.
“Gay rights, lesbian rights, bi rights and trans rights are not gay rights, lesbian rights, bi rights or trans rights, they are human rights,” he declared, “and that seems to me to be the inescapable conclusion of any serious consideration of these matters.”
Though Bercow claims to “respect people’s rights to adhere to and profess their faith,” he still said that when “somebody’s adherence to faith on the one hand and the acknowledgement of and demonstration of respect for human rights” come into conflict, “the latter has to trump the former.”
“If there are people who take a different view, no doubt they will profess it, but that is my absolutely clear sense,” he reiterated. “The rights of LGBT people of this country and of such people around the world are human rights and need to be acknowledged as such.”
Bercow referred to a 1988 law that forbid the promotion of homosexuality in sex education classes as “the single most pernicious piece of legislation in the post-war period.” That law was repealed in 2003, and it is odd that Bercow finds it to be the most “pernicious” following World War II, considering that Britain allowed racial discrimination before going on to permit abortion, according to LifeSiteNews.
“Bercow has advocated for the LGBT agenda throughout his nine-year tenure as speaker, and even incorporates a rainbow flag into his official heraldic Coat of Arms,” reports LifeSiteNews. “He has also advocated to legalize abortion in Northern Ireland and allow the destruction of embryos for stem cell research, as well as supported measures to mandate explicit sex education for children as young as six, and criminalize pro-life pregnancy centers for advertising the government deems ‘misleading.'”