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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Christians prove that God is a homophobic bigot

God, it seems, has favoured the bigots. Just shows God is not always right.

He intervened – obviously, because nutty Right-wing Christians asked him to – in the House of Lords, the UK’s upper chamber, yesterday and made Their Lordships accept some amendments to the Equality Bill from a homophobe called Baroness O’Cathain.

These will ensure that religious types get unfair exemptions when it comes to employing gay people.

The Christian organisation that sent out yesterday’s “prayer alert” – Christian Concern for Our Nation (CCFON) – are crowing about it, of course. In the email alert I received today, the word “Victory” is up there where “Prayer alert” was in the one I got yesterday, in nice blue script with a little blue square next to it.

This is the rest of their breathless prose:

Three amendments tabled by Baroness O’Cathain were passed by the House of Lords tonight [Monday]. The first amendment was voted through 216 votes to 178, the second was conceded by the Government and the third was voted through 177 votes to 172.

The Government also tried to pass an amendment which would have further restricted the freedom of Churches. Thankfully this amendment was defeated by 195 votes to 174 and the law has not been narrowed any further.

We at CCFON are delighted with the result and are thankful to all of you for your prayers and action in writing to peers and signing the petition. We are also thankful for the many Peers who supported Baroness O’Cathain’s amendments and spoke in favour of religious freedom throughout the debate.

Although the Government has consistently maintained that the effect of their provisions would not alter the current situation, it is the opinion of CCFON and many other Christian organisations that the proposed Governmental provisions contained within the Equality Bill would have further reduced the freedom of Churches. We are therefore grateful that the status quo has been maintained and the law has not been narrowed any further.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, director of CCFON said:

“This is a great day for religious liberty in the UK. We are thankful that the law has not been changed and the freedom of Churches to control their own affairs has not been restricted any further. The results show what can happen when Christians pray and take action. Let us be encouraged that even in an increasingly secular society, the voice of the Church can still be heard.”

Most of all we are thankful to God for answering our prayers. We serve a mighty God!

Yeah, Andrea and co., but you don’t say he’s a shit God when things don’t go your way, do you, you homophobic pillock? However, since the entire faith system – certainly the metaphysics of it – is based on illogical thinking, anyway, what else can we expect?

So churches – who should, as employers, be subject to the same employment laws as the rest of the country’s employers – can now get away with being beastly to gay people by not employing them, no matter how well qualified they are for the job.

There’s some background in this BBC story.

1 comment:

Paul Walter said...

S'funny. I don't think Jesus said a word on the subject - not in the documented records. He said a lot about loving your neighbour and taking care of the unfortunate in life. But nothing on this subject.

And it wasn't mentioned in the Ten Commandments either.

It's funny that they (some Conservative bishops) reach back to Leviticus, which forbids thousands of things including eating certain types of seafood and wearing artifically made fabrics (and, of course, adultery - which hardly ever gets a look in).

I like to focus on the words of Archbishop Demond Tutu:

"- We struggled against apartheid in South Africa, supported by people the world over, because black people were being blamed and made to suffer for something we could do nothing about; our very skins, wrote the prominent Church leader. "It is the same with sexual orientation. It is a given," he added.

Mr Tutu says he could not have fought against the discrimination of apartheid and not also fight against the discrimination which homosexuals endure"

...."We seem to be engaging in this kind of, almost, past-time [while] there's poverty, hunger, disease, corruption," he told the BBC.

"I must imagine that God is weeping, and the world quite rightly should dismiss the Church in those cases as being totally irrelevant."

Archbishop Tutu accused some of his fellow Anglicans of going against the teaching of Jesus in their treatment of homosexual people by "persecuting the already persecuted". "