Just to pick up on a point I made in passing in my previous post, about the Pope’s attack on the (admittedly poor quality) Equality Bill.
The BBC News website has this to say:
The Pope has faced a backlash after urging Catholic bishops in England and Wales to fight the UK’s Equality Bill with “missionary zeal”.
Pope Benedict XVI said the bill – which could end the right of the Church to ban gay [and transsexual] people from senior positions – “violates natural law”.
The Pope told the Catholic bishops of England and Wales gathered in Rome: “Your country is well-known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of society.
“Yet, as you have rightly pointed out, the effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs.”
“In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed.”
Peter Tatchell is quoted as saying:
“His ill-informed claim that our equality laws undermine religious freedom suggests that he supports the right of churches to discriminate in accordance with their religious ethos,” he said.
“He seems to be defending discrimination by religious institutions and demanding that they should be above the law.”
And our Prime Minister’s response?
Gordon Brown said he respected the Pope but commenting would be inappropriate.
A stark reminder that those who govern us consider the links between state and religion to be more important than the human rights of the general population.
Previous, related posts:
- Update: Trans inclusion in the Equality Bill (December 7, 2009)
- Trans inclusion in the Equality Bill – ACT NOW (November 24, 2009)
- Evidence required for Equality Bill (June 13, 2009)
- The Equality Bill: PFC Questionnaire (May 26, 2009)
- Cis centrism and the Equality Bill (May 24, 2009)
- Equality Bill group on Facebook (May 5, 2009)
- Equality Bill 2008-09 (April 28, 2009)
- ONS to calculate the size of Britain’s GLB population. But apparently not the number of trans people. (December 7, 2008)
- The Queen’s Speech and the Equality Bill (December 3, 2008)
- Equalities Bill announced (June 26, 2008)