Thursday, September 8, 2011

"That Could Never Happen"

This is the refrain of countless millions throughout history who don't think they could ever possibly be screwed over by the government. Catholics, in complete denial over historical and present realities, have been saying it to themselves for years. Even ignoring past precedent, the fact that petitions like the following can be seriously made should at least give such people pause.

Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove, has called for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse to perform civil partnerships for gay couples.

He says that the idea will bring more equality for gay couples.

In a letter (see below) to prime minister David Cameron, Mr Weatherley wrote: “As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples there will be inequality.

“Such behaviour is not be tolerated in other areas, such as adoption, after all.

“Until we untangle unions and religion in this country we will struggle to find a fair arrangement.”

Mr Weatherley said that 2005′s Civil Partnership Act was an “uneasy truce” between religious groups and gay rights campaigners and that lawmakers knew an “inherent inequality” would persist.

Once the Muslims refuse to do this, I'm sure folks will be free to call it a persecution. That's assuming they don't get some kind of waiver or pass. Unfortunately, I'm afraid this is only the beginning.

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