The Telegraph today reports on Vincent Nichols’s installation do.
Under a headline that talks of an attack on secularists by this spaced-out idiot, the paper says, “The new Archbishop of Westminster has launched an attack on secularists, warning that they threaten to undermine society in Britain.”
He called for “a greater respect of religious belief”, writes Jonathan Wynne-Jones, the paper’s religious affairs correspondent.
Of course, anyone with half a brain would say that respect of belief depends entirely on the belief. It’s quite something else to respect someone’s right to hold such beliefs, provided holding them doesn’t lead that person to antisocial acts, violence or other nasty things.
The problem with religious belief in the hands of people in influential positions – people such as Nichols, whom prime ministers will listen to in their willingness to be bamboozled and conned – can be dangerous.
“Let us be a society in which we genuinely listen to each other, in which sincere disagreement is not made out to be insult or harassment, in which reasoned principles are not construed as prejudice and in which we are prepared to attribute to each other the best and not the worst of motives.”
The archbishop played a leading role in fighting the introduction of gay rights laws in 2006, which now make it illegal to discriminate against gay couples when placing children for adoption.
Thank you, Telegraph. You’ve made my point. This arsehole wants sincere disagreement not to be construed as prejudice. Yet he’s happy to encourage prejudice against gay people by pretending there’s a sky fairy who doesn’t like gay relationships.
He talks of “reasoned principles”. Reasoned? From a sky pilot? What is he on for goodness’ sake? (Skunk, probably.)
Anyway, read the piece. Prepare to seethe.