Religion poisons everything.
If your acting on behalf of the state then no you shouldn’t be allowed to “opt out” on religious grounds the same way the state doesn’t allow discrimination against those previously divorced. If you want to pick and choose who to marry then go become a priest.
Here we go again. Everyone is equal, but religious fundamentalists that think they are more equal than everyone else.
Last week, Francois Lebel, the mayor of the capital’s 8th district who married former President Nicolas Sarkozy and ex-supermodel Carla Bruni, was widely condemned for likening equal marriage for gay people to incest, and pedophilia.
Divorce your wife to marry a supermodel? Holy! Normal! Christian!
Marry your same-sex partner of 30 yers? Ew, perversion!
What these mayors need to make clear is whether they accept France as a secular state or note.
In my view religion is a personal matter. People who hold public jobs should not be allowed to claim their religious beliefs prevent them from performing tasks or accepting the law of the land on the grounds of conscious. To do so is to bring the personal into a public role.
They don’t seem to understand there remit of serving the people even the ones they don’t like. Conscience what a load off bollocks pure bigotry.
Religion is useful for people like this. It enables them to rationalise their bigotry to themselves and others.