The owners of a bed and breakfast in England who declined to
rent a room to a same-sex couple because of their Christian beliefs
have been overwhelmed with hate messages after being sued by the
Mike and Suzanne Wilkinson of Cambridgeshire are awaiting the
court's decision on the lawsuit. Mike Judge of The Christian
Institute spoke to a BBC reporter, who asked if the Wilkinsons
were perhaps out of touch with the popular view on homosexuality in
"We shouldn't be in the business of closing down
businesses or forcing them out of public life because they might
hold a belief that other people don't like," Judge responds.
"And I don't think they are out of touch because actually this
Christian couple has had e-mails from homosexuals themselves who
say, 'Actually, we don't want to impose our lifestyle on your
lifestyle. We support the stand that you've made and we regret the
fuss that's been caused over this.'"
At the same time, the Wilkinsons have received a rash of hate
messages, including death threats. Judge finds it difficult to
believe that Christians cannot opt out of serving homosexuals.
"Abortion is legal in Britain and women are allowed to get an
abortion up to 24 weeks, but we still allow doctors to opt out if
they wish to," he describes. "And schools have to provide religious
assemblies for children in state schools, but atheist teachers can
opt out if they want to, and the world doesn't fall apart."
Only Christians are not allowed to opt out because of their
beliefs, he points out.