Saturday, 17 April 2010

Foolish Punishments and Foolish Bigots

A woman from some hell-hole in midlands has become the first person to have a nationwide Drinking Banning Order made against her. She cannot enter a pub, club, off-licence, or drink alcohol in a public place for two years.

What on earth is the point of an order which cannot feasibly be enforced outside of the couple of pubs in her locale where she is probably instantly recognisable? What is it meant to achieve, other than to attract derisory comments from people like myself who have more than two brain cells?

A barrister representing a sacked Christian relationship counsellor has said that judges risk "civil unrest" by ignoring religious beliefs in their rulings. The chap concerned, Gary McFarlane from Bristol, refused to give sex therapy to homosexual couples. Ex Archbish of Cadbury, Lord Carey, said: “It was but a short step from the dismissal of a sincere Christian from employment to a religious bar to any employment by Christians."

Sincere Christian? Sincere bigot, more like. The true test of a Christian is to ask what Jesus would have done, and I doubt Jesus would be a bigot, after all, he consorted with all kinds of people – even tax collectors.

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