Monday, January 20, 2014

The New Intolerance Will liberals regret pushing Christians out of public life?

From The New Republic-

I couldn’t believe it. I was trying to discuss traditional marriage—and the state was trying to stop me.

Incredible, in a 21st-century European country, but true. I was invited to speak at a conference on marriage last summer, to be held at the Law Society in London. The government had just launched a public consultation on changing the law to allow same-sex marriage. The conference was a chance for supporters of traditional marriage to contribute to the debate. The participants included a retired philosophy professor, a representative of the Catholic archdiocese of Westminster, the chairman of the Tory party’s oldest pressure group, the Bow Group, Phillip Blond (another Tory adviser) and spokesmen for various Christian organisations. The title, “One Man. One Woman. Making the Case for Marriage for the Good of Society”, could hardly have sounded more sober. I accepted without a second thought.

A few days before the conference, someone from Christian Concern, the group which had organised the event, rang me in a panic: the Law Society had refused to let us meet on their premises. The theme was “contrary to our diversity policy”, the society explained in an email to the organisers, “espousing as it does an ethos which is opposed to same-sex marriage”. In other words, the Law Society regarded support for heterosexual union, still the only legal form of marriage in Britain, as discriminatory.

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1 comment:

JCF said...

Fatuous BS. I categorically reject the Odone's agit-prop that "anti-gay = Christian", and that for an institution to deny their own platform to the former, means "pushing out" the latter.

There's a difference between NOT tolerating bigotry, and creating a "New Intolerance". Odone can play her Orwellian word games, but increasing, those who care about HUMAN rights aren't buying it.