It's gay rights laws that are intolerant says Cardinal
[Daily Mail -Social Affairs
CARDINAL Cormac Murphy-O'Connor accused
[New] Labour of 'legislating for intolerance' in his most outspoken
attack yet on the imposition of gay rights laws on church bodies
The leader of England and Wales's four
million Roman Catholics also questioned
'whether the threads holding
together democracy have begun to unravel'
The lecture delivered in Westminster
made him the first Catholic leader in nearly 180 years to place a
question mark over the allegiance of his CHURCH
He has already threatened to close nine
Catholic adoption agencies if they are forced by the
Sexual Orientation Regulations
[What business it is of the STATE to be
interested in such REGULATIONS is brain-storming gross ineptitude.]
'For my part I have no difficulty in
being a proud British Catholic citizen'
'But now it seems to me we are being
asked to accept a different version of our democracy, one in which
DIVERSITY and EQUALITY
are held to be at odds with
'We Catholics -and here I am sure I
speak too for other Christians and all people of faith - do not demand
special privileges, but we do demand our rights.'
The Sexual Orientation regulations come
into force next month after minimal debate in the House of Commons. They
are aimed at stopping businesses discriminating against gays, but
Christian leaders say they will
FORCE THOSE OF FAITH TO ACT AGAINST
Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor said last
'My fear is that under the guise of
legislating for what is said to be tolerance, we are legislation for
intolerance. Once this begins, it is hard to see where it ends.
'My fear is that in an attempt to clear
the public square of what are seen as unacceptable intrusions, we weaken
the pillars on which that public square is erected, and we will discover
that the pillars of pluralism may not survive.
'The question,' the Cardinal added,
'is whether the threads holding
together pluralist democracy have begun to unravel. That is why I have
sounded this note of alarm.
'I am conscience that when an essential
core of our democratic freedom risks being undermined, subsequent
generations will hold to account those who were able to raise their
YET STAYED SILENT.'
He also fuelled speculation that
Catholics may order their adoption agencies to break-away from links
with the STATE -and forgo their £10,000,000 a year taxpayer's funds in
favour of relying on donations.
The Cardinal said: I wonder how far we
can still claim as British the assumption that if a religious
organisation serves the public interest according to its own rights , it
has a legitimate claim on public resources.
'I begin to wonder whether Britain will
continue to be a place which protects and welcomes the works of people
shaped and inspired by
The Cardinal said he feared intolerance
'so when Christians stand by their
beliefs, they are intolerant dogmatists. When they sin, they are
'When they take the side of the poor,
they are soft-headed liberals, When they seek to defend the family, they
are Right-wing reactionaries.'
'What looks like liberality is in
reality a radical exclusion of religion from the public sphere.'
Catholic leaders have made a powerful
point of their loyalty to the
-since full civil rights were granted
to Roman Catholics by the
Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829
The Cardinal described [the above]
AS A HISTORIC TURNING POINT.
The speech is likely to make
uncomfortable reading for Tony Blair - he is expected to convert to
Roman Catholicism after he leaves Downing Street later this year - and
for Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly a staunch Catholic responsible for
pushing through the
SEXUAL ORIENTATION REGULATIONS BILL.
[who we would describe a TRUE
HYPOCRITE for supporting the Bill instead of resigning office .It seems
the rewards in this life are more attractive to her than anything
offered in the next]
Thoughts on Christianity.
'IT WAS RELIGION, which, by teaching
men their near relation to God, awakened in them the consciousness of
their importance as INDIVIDUALS.
IT WAS THE STRUGGLE for religious
rights, which opened their eyes to all their RIGHTS
IT WAS RESISTANCE to religious
usurpation which led men to withstand POLITICAL OPPRESSION
IT WAS RELIGIOUS DISCUSSION which
roused the minds of all classes TO FREE AND VIGOROUS THOUGHT
IT WAS RELIGION which ARMED the MARTYR
and PATRIOT in ENGLAND against ARBITRARY POWER; which braced the SPIRITS
of our FATHERS against the perils of the ocean and wilderness, and sent
them to found here the FREEST and MOST EQUAL state on EARTH. '
Ellery (1780-1842) American Unitarian clergyman.
'We live in the midst of blessings till
we are utterly insensible to their greatness and the source from whence
We speak of our civilisation, our arts,
our freedom, our laws, and forget entirely how large a share is due to
Blot Christianity out of a page of
man's history, and what would his laws have been - what his
Christianity is mixed up with our
very being and our daily life; there is not a familiar object around us
which does not wear a different aspect because the light of Christian
love is on it -not a law which does not owe its
TRUTH and GENTLENESS
-not a custom which cannot be traced,
in all its holy healthful parts
Sir James Allan Park. English judge
'As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of
whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and his
religion, as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw ,or is
likely to see.'
Benjamin Franklin(1706-90) American
statesman-inventor and editor.
'The writers against religion, while
they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of
Edmund Burke (1729-97) English
parliamentarian-orator and statesman.
[Within the European Union - in the
name of equality their own totemism system which restricts the
individual conscience to their common ideals and to no others.]
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