I thought I would warn everyone from the start that this is a rant, hence the title of the post.
Second point to note: this is a rant primarily against religion, so if you’re religious and can’t take a bit of criticism then it’s probably best to move on to another post.
Right, I take it that only those who are interested are still around so I’ll delve right in …
If you aren’t already aware I live in the UK and I’ve been increasing frustrated at the insistence of the church to get involved in things that it really shouldn’t. The latest addition to that frustration is the church’s latest attempt to cast aspersions on certain peoples’ chosen way-of-life …namely, the question of gay marriage has risen it’s head again with the PM David Cameron coming out in support of it.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, is the main protaganist in today’s story. He has put in his tuppence-worth of not-so gracious opinion, saying that the plans were:
a grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right.
Ineteresting use of the term Human Rights, there Cardinal! So it’s okay for you to subvert the human right of the gay population to live free of persecution from people like you, but it’s not okay for the Government to try to make things easier for them? Hmm. Not a very caring and religious attitude, if you don’t mind my saying.
He wasn’t finished, though.Far from it.
Apparently he feels that allowing gay marriage into law would:
shame the United Kingdom in the eyes of the world
What drugs are you on that you would even consider this a serious comment on the subject?
I think it would show the world that this country isn’t a bigoted country (difficult, I know, with people like our good Cardinal around), but a country that accepts the rights of all human beings regardless of their colour, creed or sexuality. Surely the church, of all organisations, should be greeting this with open arms instead of throwing those arms up in the air in despair.
Then he says that:
Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father.
Yet another ridiculously conceived opinion. It sounds as though he’s afraid everyone will turn gay overnight. What a stupid thing to say, really. I mean, consider it for a second: if that happened there would be no children, so precisely what point is he trying to make? It’s lost on me!
He accused ministers of attempting to “redefine reality” and “dismantle the universally understood meaning of marriage”. My understanding of marriage is that it is supposed to be the ultimate declaration of one’s love for one’s partner. Why should the fact that said partner is of the same sex, make a blind bit of difference?
And while we’re on the subject, the actual law is not going to force the church to perform these marriages. Far from it. Currently the civil partnership ceremonies take place at a local register office and the plan is for the marriages to be performed in the same venues. So, quite why the church is getting so “het up” about it is beyond me!
O’Brien is but the latest of several senior clergy who have denounced the so-called “madness” of the government’s backing for marriage to include homosexual couples.
Well, Johnny baby, my question to you is: just what exactly gives YOU the right to dictate what is and is not good for the people of this country? Just because you’re a leader in the church does not equate to you knowing the first thing about what I will or will not accept.
The whole issue smacks to me of the church behaving like a spoilt child. After all, it’s lost a lot of its power in the recent couple of hundred years and they’re obviously using this as a means of trying to cling on to the last bit of power it thinks it has. Unfortunately, in the process they’re alienating a lot of their own congregations.
I am fed up with the church insisting that it knows what’s best for everyone … it doesn’t.
Final note. To those religious-types who actually read this and are now incensed to the point of wanting to send me messages: Before you jump on your high horses, please consider the fact that, unless you have something constructive to say, you’ll be wasting your time. And if all you’re going to do is preach some inane drivel … it will be straight in the bin where it belongs. Thanks awfully!
- Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s gay marriage comments decried as scaremongering (guardian.co.uk)
- Cardinal Keith O’Brien Comes Unhinged (towleroad.com)
- Catholic leader Cardinal Keith O’Brien clashes with David Cameron on same-sex marriage plans (oyiabrown.wordpress.com)
- Catholic leader Cardinal Keith O’Brien clashes with David Cameron on same-sex marriage plans (telegraph.co.uk)
- ‘Gay marriage is madness’: Catholic cardinal slams government’s plans for same-sex weddings (mirror.co.uk)