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Go to: Christians must choose between religion and obeying law, says equalities chief Trevor Phillips

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“We are a democracy in which Christianity is established in the Church of England and a nation profoundly influenced by this faith in its Catholic and Anglican heritage. We need lawmakers to respect this heritage and seek accommodation wherever a strongly held faith seems to clash with new legislation.”

Nobody is trying to deny the past, but that does not mean that things must go on unchanged. Besides many of those Catholic laws have been changed because they were deeply unfair, for example votes for women, blasphemy laws, sodomy laws, slavery laws...the list goes on.

Neil Addison, a barrister and director of the Thomas More Legal Centre, said: “The EHRC is so obsessed with equality that it has lost sight of freedom. It would prefer people not to do good, rather than to do good on their own terms.” The comments were “inflammatory”, said Andrea Williams, director of the Christian Legal Centre. “These comments are deeply illiberal. They are intolerant,” she said. “Trevor Phillips fails to understand the nature of faith and what inspires faith and what makes agencies like Catholic adoption agencies so selfless.”

How can a barrister so fundamentally misunderstand the meaning of the word equality, after all what is freedom if we do not have equality? If people really wanted to do good they would do it within the law, if they're not within the law is what they are doing 'good'? Asking for equality is the opposite of intolerance. Asking for an exemption from the law because of your deeply held prejudices is intolerant, who was it who said 'hate the sin not the sinner' surely that could apply here.

On a separate note Catholic adoption agencies are not 'selfless' if they were selfless they would be adoption agencies, open to all. They existed to swell the number of Catholics by only placing children with families who would bring them up in the way they prescribed. If they were selfless they would continue working, under the new laws placing children with homosexuals, placing children in loving homes while making it clear they had an objection to doing so, but not stopping because they were dedicated to doing what they were doing, they would not close their doors, like a child having a tantrum.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:11:13 UTC | #919052

Go to: Secularism v Religion in national affairs - post-Warsi discussion on BBC Newsnight 14/2/12

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I'm always at a loss to understand why Richard Dawkins is called angry, rude, strident and shrill. Every time I hear him speak he is incredibly polite, never raises his voice and is able to see things from the other persons point of view. He never tries to misinterpret what other people are saying, twist their words or make them look stupid. His points always come across as well thought out and appropriate for the situation. I only wish I could speak so calmly.

It was as if they were deliberately trying to stop him make what they knew was his main point, you can't argue for policy changes by claiming it is what Christians want because most people who call themselves Christians do not seriously follow that religion. Most were baptised as babies because it was the done thing at the time or they sang hymns and prayed at school or they have never given it much thought, when asked to choose they think that Christian is 'normal' so they tick that box, after all the policy changes probably won't effect them anyway.

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:51:39 UTC | #918556

Go to: UPDATED (EARLIER TIME): Richard on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, 8.30 a.m. GMT, Tues 14 Feb

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To be fair to Giles Fraser the concept of basing opinions on evidence is not religious people's strong suit so it was unfair to involve him in a discussion about surveys.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:49:51 UTC | #917837

Go to: Petition for evolution to be taught in UK primary schools

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Signed

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:43:19 UTC | #917654

Go to: Britain being overtaken by 'militant secularists', says Baroness Warsi

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Will somebody please send this woman a dictionary.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:34:23 UTC | #917649

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