M’Lord ArchBishop on SORS
Cranmer has succint analysis:
Despite a protest by hundreds of concerned Christians, Baroness Oâ€™Cathain has failed in her attempt to defeat the Sexual Orientation Regulations in the House of Lords, which the Roman Catholic Church says could lead to the closure of its adoption agencies. The Regulations will outlaw discrimination against homosexual people in the provision of goods and services, and there are immense concerns about the potential impact on church schools.
The regulations undoubtedly compromise religious liberty and will result in litigation over the content of classroom teaching. It will be difficult for teachers to address the topic of heterosexual marriage, or to talk of homosexuality as â€˜sinâ€™. Not since 1559 has there been an Act of Uniformity requiring everyone to assent to a particular worldview, and it took more than 300 years to eradicate that. But 2007 sees a new Act of Uniformity which elevates sexual orientation to a quasi-religious status which trumps any religious worldview which opposes it. It is secular pluralism by statute law.
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-Oâ€™Connor, accused Tony Blair of an â€˜abuse of parliamentary democracyâ€™ in forcing the regulations through the Commons, with no debate and a single vote which the Government won. â€œProfound public concern about aspects of these regulations has not been heard,â€ he said. Bill Cash MP told the Prime Minister: “You have given more preference to those who stand for gay rights than those who are concerned with conscience, with family and with religion.”
Christians who oppose the SORs are insulted, persecuted and compared with extremists. They are â€˜bigotsâ€™ who simply do not understand. Cranmer has experienced and knows the consequences of such sentiment only too well.
Why is it that homosexuals who will not tolerate the doctrinal stance and consciences of Christians may not be similarly abused?
And why is David Cameron and the Shadow Cabinet siding with the Government on this? Has the NewCon Party lost sight of the foundational importance of religious liberty and freedom of conscience? Has it forgotten that these hard-won liberties are crucial for the peace and security of the Realm? Has Mr Cameron forgotten, if he ever knew, what it means to be Conservative in the realm of religion?