Tuesday, January 23, 2007

In England, When the Pot Calls the Kettle Black, the PM Listens

Catholic priests hardly have a reputation for rugged heterosexuality. Remember the worldwide scandal, which continues to bear strange fruit, about priests molesting kids in droves?

No matter: Do as I say, not as I do. Catholic priests are demanding exemption from a new British equality law that demands that gays not be discriminated against in adoption proceedings.

They say the law would force Catholics to go against the teachings of the church. Never mind that the priests are hardly in a position to criticize any group when it comes to the treatment of children. And, needless to say, they don't generally ask potential adopters if they covet their neighbor's wife or take the Lord's name in vain.

The shocker is that T.B., who's wife and children are Catholic, is rumored to be thinking about granting the priests an exemption—as is his Opus Dei (read: Loony Tunes of the Mel Gibson variety) communities secretary, Ruth Kelly. However, Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, gave reason a voice when he said, "If we take the view as a society that we should not discriminate against people who are homosexual, you cannot give exclusions to people on the grounds that their religion or their race says 'we don't agree with that.'" I mean, I know British law isn't exactly the same as U.S. law (they don't have a constitution), but the reason for granting basic rights through foundational law of whatever sort is to pre-empt people claiming that, for whatever reason, they have the right to treat a particular group badly.

1 comment:

Dan said...

Whenever Catholicism and homosexuality are mentioned in the same breath, I can't help thinking about something Sinéad O'Connor said (right around the time of the Tearing of the Pope photo on SNL scandàle). I read it recently in a "20th anniversary of Spin Magazine" anthology, which I don't own, so I'm paraphrasing... but basically it goes like this:

"The Catholic Church has no right whatsoever to comment on sexuality. Firstly, this is because the Catholic clergy do not have sex. And secondly, it is because they DO have sex."