I'm positive that tomorrow, a tomorrow coming sooner rather than later, will not bring good news for faithful people:
A Christian who was demoted for posting his opposition to gay marriageon Facebook has won a legal case against his employer.
Adrian Smith lost his managerial position, had his salary cut by 40%, and was given a final written warning by Trafford Housing Trust (THT) after posting in February last year that gay weddings in churches were "an equality too far".
The comments were not visible to the general public, and were posted outside work time, but the trust said he broke its code of conduct by expressing religious or political views which might upset co-workers.
Smith brought breach of contract proceedings, saying the trust acted unlawfully in demoting him, and Mr Justice Briggs ruled in his favour at the high court on Friday. The judge said the trust did not have a right to demote Smith as his Facebook postings did not amount to misconduct, and the demotion imposed by way of purported disciplinary sanction constituted a breach of contract.
The dispute began in February 2011 when Smith saw an article on the BBC News website headed "Gay church marriages get go ahead". He linked to it on his Facebook page and added the comment: "An equality too far". Two colleagues read the remark and one of them posted a response asking Smith to explain what he meant.
The next evening he posted: "I don't understand why people who have no faith and don't believe in Christ would want to get hitched in church.
"The Bible is quite specific that marriage is for men and women. If the state wants to offer civil marriage to the same sex then that is up to the state; but the state shouldn't impose its rules on places of faith and conscience."
The judge admitted disquiet about the "very modest" damages due to Smith, limited to £100 for technical reasons.
"Mr Smith was taken to task for doing nothing wrong, suspended and subjected to a disciplinary procedure which wrongly found him guilty of gross misconduct, and then demoted to a non-managerial post with an eventual 40% reduction in salary.
"The breach of contract which the trust thereby committed was serious and repudiatory.
"A conclusion that his damages are limited to less than £100 leaves the uncomfortable feeling that justice has not been done."
"Something has poisoned the atmosphere in Britain, where an honest man like me can be punished for making perfectly polite remarks about the importance of marriage.
"I have won today. But what will tomorrow bring? I am fearful that, if marriage is redefined, there will be more cases like mine – and if the law of marriage changes people like me may not win in court.
"Does the prime minister want to create a society where people like me, people who believe in traditional marriage, are treated as outcasts? That may not be his intention, but, as my treatment shows, that's what will happen.
A time is a'comin'... and it will be here before you know it.