Tuesday 21 February 2012

Equal but not the same

Last week was a good one for the Church and Christianity as several prominent people spoke out in favourable terms. Now the backlash comes.

The Archbishop in his capacity as one of the highest clergy in the land, reasonably and properly called on the Prime Minister to abandon any suggestion of legalising gay marriage and in consequence received hate mail. This is a prime example of minorities considering that anyone else must not have an alternative opinion, and demanding favoured attention. This has now been exacerbated by ‘Stonewall’ which represents homosexual people, calling for the terms husband and wife to be withdrawn from all legislation. Such militancy does enormous harm to those men and women who just want to live private lives and avoid any controversy and cause no trouble or ill feeling with others.

Brendan Barber, the TUC baron has got upset because some Christian has the effrontery (as far as he is concerned) to write a book advocating a morality and view of sexuality which does not fit in with the modern idea adopted by Mr Barber and company. The book has been used in some Roman Catholic schools, which most people would have thought to be reasonable, but not Mr Barber who wants the Education Secretary to ban it, quoting some Equality Act. Mr Gove ought to follow his colleague Eric Pickles and stand firm.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has produced some very entertaining television programmes in which he has held contests to select an unknown boy or girl to star in one of his new re-runs of his shows. Now he has displayed his eccentricity by proposing (it is reported) to hold a further contest to select someone to play Jesus in Jesus Christ superstar. He says it could be either a boy or a girl. You really couldn’t make it up.

The chairman of the Equality Commission, Trevor Phillips, the man paid a lot of money to oversee a rather too interfering public body has been once again been speaking, accusing Christians of trying to overrule the law in a manner similar to a Muslim sharia law. He infers the Archbishop of York is someone akin to a terrorist.

This rather arrogant bureaucrat seemingly fails to realise this is a country with a Christian heritage stretching back many hundreds of years, and was built on Christian values and standards. This is what has made it such an attractive country for so many people who have wanted to come and live here, apart from those attracted by its generous benefit system.

The Equality Commission is appointed to care for the interest of the minorities and too many people like Mr Phillips are trying to make Christianity a minority without any rights. It has become so outrageous that a Christian cannot make a comment without some public official jumping up and expressing having been offended on behalf of some others.

Mr Phillips ought to understand other people besides self interest groups have beliefs and the right to express them without some jumped up official insulting them with ridiculous comparisons. Many people still believe this is a Christian country with the freedom to say so, and do not share his idea of equality. We can be equal without necessarily being the same.

A woman in London is at present appearing before an Employment Tribunal claiming discrimination in that she was forced from her job because she wanted to be free to attend her Church on Sundays. She was refused this request even though others were prepared to exchange shifts with her, yet a Muslim woman was freely allowed to attend a Mosque on a Friday. Her claim is being supported by the Christian Institute, so why is Mr Phillips’s Equality Commission not fighting her claim. Another example of double standard equality.

The whole Equality industry seems to have been the brainchild of a woman who appeared to have a pathological resentment of anything male and wanted all things to be the same, except of course those relating to herself and family.
It was hoped when the change of government came about things would revert to normality, but we have a Coalition with people who do not think conservatively, led by only a nominal Conservative, which wants to embrace and even extend what can be said and done.

Do such bureaucrats and their kind not realise the great freedom they have in this country which no other nation would grant. If they made these complaints in Islamic countries, which have a different attitude than here, they would soon be dealt with.

This however demonstrates that when politicians rush to make laws banning things, or creating controversial issues in order to make themselves look popular, they only create a worse situation. There are sufficient laws to deal with offensive words or behaviour without creating specific legislation in regard to any particular group or belief to make special cases. The moment this is done it only antagonises and encourages those people with violent attitudes to respond and put those very people one is trying to protect in even greater danger, when otherwise they would be able to get on in peace with their lives.


Has written an article in a national newspaper, (God bless her) extolling the Church of England and acclaiming how well it serves the nation whether you are a member or not, and calling for this to be recognised. She praises the Church’s compromise, tolerance and general take all.

It is good to have someone of Mary’s stature and reputation supporting the Church, but I wonder if this is not an inverted compliment. This noble character which she indicates, whilst an essential part of its being, is too often used as an alternative to do what the Church is principally meant to be doing, preach the gospel and make disciples rather than just an adjunct to the social services.

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