Lawyer Kyle Sammin warns here what the outcome will be now that the government is increasingly compelling speech.
But an even greater threat to free speech emerges when the government mandates what you must say. Compelled speech is on the rise ...
... the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a California law that requires all pregnancy centers, including those with explicit pro-life beliefs, to notify expecting mothers where they can procure an abortion ...
... in compelling pro-life pregnancy center workers to advertise abortion, they force Christians and other people with anti-abortion beliefs to go from merely tolerating a culture of death to actively participating in it. It’s not enough for abortion to be legal; the state of California demands that every one of us be complicit in it. As T.H. White said in describing totalitarianism, “everything which is not forbidden is compulsory.”
The trend in compelled speech has not been restricted to killing the unborn. In Colorado’s proposed assisted suicide law, the state government would also mandate speech in a way that is dishonest as well as immoral. The “dying with dignity” law—an Orwellian moniker to begin with—goes before Colorado’s voters this November. If passed, it would legalize the practice of prescribing life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.
How is this a free speech concern? The Colorado law would require physicians to list the patient’s underlying illness as the cause of death, rather than the thing that actually killed him: suicide. While physicians would not be compelled to assist in suicide under the law, they would be compelled to lie about it.
... Resistance is a problem for progressive politicians who want to change our core beliefs about life and death. When we refuse to acquiesce in a state policy, be it abortion or suicide, we remind the world that not everyone agrees. In compelling speech on these subjects, the state forces that disagreement into the shadows. Our thoughts remain our own, but for people working in these areas, to speak about them honestly becomes a crime.
Scripture warns us that the end of the age will be a time of great difficulty for Christians (2 Tim 3:1). Christians on the periphery of the church that are apathetic fence sitters will be manipulated by the government to betray the faith (1 Tim 4:1). Their light will be extinguished.
On the other hand, Christians that refuse to compromise and remain faithful will pay an increasingly costly price. However, their light will shine brighter and brighter as darkness envelops the culture.