Posts Tagged ‘politics’

General Election 2010

With the general election being only weeks away, I thought it was time to see if there’s a political party that shares my views on religion.
I can’t find one, which is hardly surprising, considering religion is not something the UK electorate votes on, apart from in Northern Ireland, and having an anti-religion stance is likely to be a vote loser.

The problem with this of course is that if politicians don’t make their religious views known – and don’t tell us how this would affect the way they do their job, we may end up with another Tony Blair situation. Few people knew of Blair’s religious convictions when he became prime minister in 1997, but his religion played a big part in the way he ran the country, particularly regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also instigated the big rise in faith schools, something that is divisive, exclusive, and very much against what the Labour party has always stood for.

The three main political parties all have their own humanist / secularist groups, they may represent a minority at the moment, but it’s a start.

Conservative Humanist Association: http://conservativehumanist.net/

Labout Humanists: http://www.labourhumanists.org.uk/

Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats: http://hsld.org.uk/

Chris Grayling and the B&B controversy

If you’re in the UK you’ll have heard that shadow home secretary Chris Grayling believes people who run bed and breakfast from their home should be able to discriminate against gay couples.

This follows a story from last month when a gay couple was turned away from a B&B by a couple who cited their Christian faith as a reason for doing it – despite it being illegal to discriminate in this way.

While there has been a lot written about this, I haven’t seen anyone write about the real problem. The real problem of course being that, yet again, people are using religion to support their own bigoted views.

Discriminating against someone due to their race, gender, sexuality, hair colour etc is not acceptable. But people with bigoted views will be able to find a passage in the bible that supports those views, so they hide behind their religion rather than admitting they’re a bigot.

To prove this, you’d just have to go to the B&B in question, wearing clothes made from mixed fibres. God forbids that, it’s in the bible. But you can bet that Mr and Mrs B&B won’t mind. As long as you’re not gay.

People with religious beliefs shouldn’t be able to get away with this kind of thing, but they do. Religion gets an easy ride, people are too scared to offend the religious.

If Chris Grayling really believes that it’s OK to discriminate against gay people he should tell us why. If it’s for religious reasons he should be asked if he agrees with slavery, stoning to death and all the other immoral things god wants us to do.