Tuesday, January 09, 2007

A new definition for hypocrisy...

hy·poc·ri·sy [hi-pok-ruh-see] –noun, plural -sies.
1.a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
2.a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
3.an act or instance of hypocrisy.

Heard on the radio today an anonymous bishop of somewhere proclaiming that the pending Act of Parliament that will outlaw discrimination against people on grounds of sexual orientation will in itself be discriminatory against people of christian, jewish and muslim faiths.

In other words he wants the right to continue his discrimination against a section of society without that section of society having the ability to claim discrimination.

He went further to claim that he was speaking on behalf of an "all faith group" who were devastated that their preaching of the evils of homosexuality will soon be viewed as morally wrong in law and that christians, jews and muslims the world over were united in the belief that it was right to condemn "this minority group".

This would be the same christian, jewish and muslim groups who have been trying to wipe each other off the face of the planet for the last two thousand years then would it bishop ?

"All faith group" my arse - religious demoninations hate each other with an intensity that is only matched by their apparent hatred of gays, and now they are running scared of being exposed as hypocritic fear-mongers who enjoy nothing more than to spread lies and prejudice about a group of people who they view as "different", "wrong" and even "evil".

Bottom line is that the proposed new law, which is already inplace in Northern Ireland and therefore odds-on favourite to be law here soon, makes it illegal for anyone or any organisation to discriminate against a person on grounds of sexual orientation - so for instance a hotel could not refuse to offer a room to a gay couple, a organisation could not refuse to carry out work for a gay couple simply because they were gay and a church hall could not refuse to hire out a church hall for an event on the grounds that gay couples might be there.

Basically it is the same rights enshrined in law that black people have had in this country since the racial discrimination laws were enacted in 1968, before that time it was considered quite acceptable for hotels to refuse rooms to black people, and if not acceptable it was certainly legal, we now look back at that time and shake our heads in disbelief and wonder why it took so long to legislate.

One day we will look back at these times, shake our heads in disbelief and point at religious organisations and correctly accuse them of gross and intense prejudice and hypocrisy while they sit and wonder why no-one takes them seriously anymore.

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