The sexual agenda and religious freedom

Challenges in the Western world


  • Stephen Baskerville


sexuality, gender, feminism, family, marriage, welfare, divorce, Christians, United Nations


The sexual agenda is today’s greatest threat to religious freedom in the developed world. Campaigns for women’s and homosexual rights, same-sex marriage, public education, and other issues related to family and sexuality have provoked the pre-ponderance of cases, and proponents have described Christian and other religious principles as direct impediments to their agenda. But what has precipitated most cases is the increasing role of the state in previously private areas of life, leading to claims that freedom must be curtailed when it involves government officials providing public services. This too proceeds from the sexual agenda, because such state services arise from the breakdown of family life, where they were previously performed. Critical here is the state’s claim to redefine marriage, less through same-sex marriage than divorce, which itself represents a long-standing threat to religious freedom. Growing state power over family life and sexuality has also been transferred to supranational organizations, where many clashes between sexual militants and religious believers now arise.

Author Biography

Stephen Baskerville

Stephen Baskerville is Associate Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College and Research Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society and at the Independent Institute. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and has taught political science and international affairs at Howard University (1987–1992, 1997–2005), Palacky University in the Czech Republic (1992–1997), and the Russian State University for the Humanities (2011). He is the author of ‘Taken Into Custody: The War against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family’ (Cumberland House, 2007) and writes on international affairs, political theory, and the politics of the family.