Cardinal Keith O’Brien appeared on the Today Program on 5th March 2012 to compare equal marriage rights to slavery. You can listen to his bigoted rantings on the youtube clip above. As well as the obvious unjustified discrimination in his remarks he seems to have failed to grasp the simple notion that whilst gay marriage comprises two consenting adults, slavery is intrinsically not about consent.
The man is an despicable homophobe and if you are a practising catholic who follows what you think of as the teaching of Jesus, now is the time to stand up and denounce your leadership. Jesus said not one word about homosexuality. Not one.
Sanctimonious bigot Lord Carey popped up on the news earlier in the week to declare that homosexual marriage rights were a threat to England as we know it leading to this hilarious picture caption in the Daily Mail.
Yes, they really said that, the original post is here. All this was set off because of the launch of the mysterious homophobic group Coalition for Marriage. (This group is doubly annoying for using a 4 instead of the word for in their URL. Grrr!) Their about page says:
The Coalition for Marriage is an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and oppose any plans to redefine it.
The Coalition is backed by politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders.
yet weirdly doesn’t actually name any of their members. Do you think that they have something to hide? Are they ashamed? At least that would be a step in the right direction.The website is registered to one Jon Errington but I can’t find out anything about him. Perhaps all will become clear in the fullness of time.
“What harm can a little prayer do?” asks Anne Pickles in her recent column and it to tempting to say “none at all, prayer is just wishful thinking that achieves nothing” the problem comes when the prayer in question is imposed on a not necessarily Christian group by the Christian majority. Prayer is, by its very nature, a religious ritual, an act carried out by the faithful to beseech the help of their preferred deity.
Anne describes the situation like this:
“Prayers at council meetings are their particular beef. But presumably any little prayer, any old time, offered in any populated place would be enough to get them all fired up and hot under the collar.”
Seeing the thin ice that her argument she immediately drags her straw man out of the council meeting and onto the street so that she can point at it in mock horror. Those terrible secularists! They are going to stop everyone praying! Everywhere! Forever! And the rest of her article is no better. Clive Bone, the atheist councillor in question is apparently a man “spooked by the power of simple faith”. Actually, he says he is “embarrassed” by the prayers at the start of the meeting as well he would be. This is the John Loftus Outsider Test for Faith. To an outsider, a non-christian, prayer is embarrassing, and a little silly. These are grown men and women asking for help from their invisible magic sky daddy. Seriously.
Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs but why on earth do these Christians feel the need to impose them on everyone else. This a council meeting which is supposed to be open to everyone, it is not a Christian council meeting. Keep your prayers in Church.