The problem is that we live in a politically correct police state. Freedom of association has been largely abolished. Freedom of speech is not far behind. Our ruling class makes hardly any new law unless it can be used to subject us to more total control. Regardless of what safeguards on conscience are now promised, I suspect that the Bill before Parliament is the beginning of a process that it is hoped will end in the state control of religion.
We are moving toward this because Christians believe in a source of authority separate from and higher than the state. Until recently, it was the custom of absolute states to make an accommodation with whatever church was largest. In return for being established, the priests would then preach obedience as a religious duty. Modern absolute states, though, are secular. Such were the Jacobin and the Bolshevik tyrannies. Such is our own mild tyranny.
What the religious never quite figure out is that if they attempt to impose their beliefs on others via the force of the state, they are, in the view of the state, usurping the proper role of the state, (which reserves the right to make such decisions and impositions for itself) and hence become targets of the very state they attempt to use for their own ends.
I’ve often wondered how religion in America might fare if, rather than worrying about who was having sex with whom, it concentrated more on supporting God-given unalienable individual liberties like the right to keep and bear arms.