Friday, April 30, 2010

A bigot? Moi?

It's interesting that Lord Carey should take up this unfair dismissal case, although it's hardly surprising. You gotta love the idea of him being surprised that anyone could call a homophobe a "bigot" - is he really that far removed from reality? However, I am delighted that the courts have decided that the right to express one's religious beliefs (read: prejudices) does not trump the rights of ordinary people. What a concept - I only wish this were applied universally.

Carey, in his usual forgiving and all-inclusive manner, also said that judges should stand down from Court of Appeal hearings involving religious rights to make way for judges with a proven understanding of religious issues, presumably a proven understanding that just happens to coincide with his narrow-minded view of humanity, and not a proven understanding that discrimination is wrong.

However, this paragon of empathy for his fellow man has a little history of expressing his bigotry, so today's expression of support for what can only be described as discriminatory treatment of a gay couple shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone.

Perhaps some day he might actually espouse the teachings of Christianity, and adopt the ethics of an atheist. I won't hold my breath.

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