I am disgusted by Rowan Williams and John Sentamu. To argue that the rights of conscience cannot be made subject to legislation, however well meaning is ridiculous. If they believe that why were they not protesting when similar discrimination measures were brought in relating to religious belief and race? Should racists who conscientiously believe that other races are inferior be allowed to use public money to discriminate against people who need services? Of course not and I don’t think they would believe that to be the case either. But this is not about reason and sense it is about bigotry and religious belief. It is about belief against reason. How is widening the pool of potential adopters by requiring all agencies getting statutory funding to consider gay men and Lesbians equally as potential adopters not in the best interests of the children. These churches have acted in the most dishonest way. They say they do not wish to discriminate and yet that is exactly what they are asking for. They were happy to accept equality legislation in terms of religious belief yet they would deny it to us and actively seek to have their discrimination enshrined and allowed in law. Sentamu says they do not consider homosexuality a sin but then puts it in the same breath as adultery. Doublespeak and hypocrisy. I consider their actions and words to be completely immoral.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York say that “rights of conscience cannot be made subject to legislation”. Does it follow therefore, that if I were to punch an archbishop on the nose, I could plead that my conscience drove me to it? Can I tell the magistrate that it would have been on my conscience forever if I hadn’t walloped him?
I believe this debate supported by a “Black” Archbishop is all the more sad and repugnant. Let’s face it, until fairly recently the idea that there could or even should be a Black man at York would have been met with shrieks of “No”! Yet this Black cleric is now trying to discriminate against Gays and Lesbians!? What a hypocrite.