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Why it would be wrong to legalise gay marriage, by the Archbishop of Canterbury

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107971/Why-wrong-legalise-gay-marriage-Archbishop-Canterbury.html#ixzz1nkuVF3cD

In the Daily Mail the Archbishop of Canterbury has again spoken out in opposition to human rights and human dignity.  He states:

“The law has no right to legalise same-sex marriage, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared yesterday.”

I don’t know where he got that idea from.  It’s equivalent to someone arguing that doughnut makers don’t have the right to make doughnuts.  That’s what they do, it’s why they exist.

“Dr Rowan Williams said a new marriage law for gay couples would amount to forcing unwanted change on the rest of the nation.”

So?  I don’t get his point here.  In what way does this change anything for members of the public who prefer the opposite gender?  There really aren’t any secular reasons to support this bigotry.  And that’s all it is, bigotry.

“…it would go against the beliefs of most people.”

If most people thought it was a good idea to keep slaves, is that justification to allow it to happen?  As soon as I finished typing that I thought I had committed a logical fallacy, that the two were not equivalent, but it turns out to be more true than I first thought.  In both cases, the focus is on denying rights and dignity to men and women.

“Dr Williams’s predecessor in Lambeth Palace, Lord Carey, notably told the Mail last week that same-sex marriage laws would be ‘one of the  greatest political power grabs in history’.”

This statement made me smile because many said the same thing when women were fighting for equal rights.  It filled me with hope.

“The Archbishop said human rights law ‘falls short of a legal charter to promote change in institutions’.”

Nobody is telling him that CofE has to support or marry same-gender couples in their churches.  That is a completely separate issue.  They can marry, or refuse to marry, anyone they choose.  That has always been the case, and will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.

He talks about assisted dying also, as if these two things are equivalent.  I hope I don’t have to tell you that they’re not.  Terry Pratchett did a great documentary about the subject which is well worth watching, Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die.

Happy Blasphemy Rights Day!

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain

Quick thought about morality

Religious morality:

  • Do what God tells you, even if it’s an immoral act (e.g. murder your son/daughter) because, “his ways are greater than ours”.
  • Don’t do what God tells you not to because he really hates people making fun of him.  I guess being God means you can’t have a sense of humour.
  • Why?  Because might makes right.
Moral morality:
  • Do no harm.
  • Why?  The world is a much nicer place to live in for everyone.
Believers, and many non-believers, draw a connection between religion and morality as if you can’t have one without the other.  Religion doesn’t deal with morality at all.  It deals in sin, which crosses moralities path on a few points, but ultimately has very little in common with it.

Religion brings people together…

…as long as everyone adheres to only one religion, otherwise all bets are off.  Religion divides people.  It divides people more than any other force on the planet.  Why is it so hard for people to see that?  Christians are all connected with their faith in the risen Christ, except they’re not.  There are thousands of different versions of christianity and they all think the others have it wrong.  It’s easy for the Pope to meet with Jewish and Islamic leaders and make small talk about being united in faith, but when it actually comes done to it, they are completely opposed to each other.

I wonder how many of you Christians realise why there are so many variations.  It’s simple really, one church splits into two when they don’t agree, which then splits into four, and so on.

Religion is the great divider.

Interesting local news to make my point: Orange Order action over UUP attendance at Kerr funeral

Those of you who are not local to Northern Ireland may not be familiar with Ronan Kerr, the Catholic Police Officer who was killed by a car bomb.  The story in a nut shell is two high up members of the Orange Order (Protestant/Unionist) attended the Catholic funeral out of respect.  For this Mr Elliot and Kennedy have my respect for their humane act which goes counter to their religious conviction which denies them the right to attend any Catholic Masses.

For showing an ounce of humanity they now face disciplinary hearings.  Don’t tell me religion and faith brings people together.  It never has, and it never will!  Unless you count bringing people together in confrontation!