A marriage guidance counsellor’s bid to challenge his sacking for refusing to give sex therapy to homosexuals has led to a serious clash between the Christian lobby and the judiciary.
In a powerful dismissal of the application to appeal, Lord Justice Laws said legislation to protect views held purely on religious grounds could not be justified. He said it was an irrational idea “but it is also divisive, capricious and arbitrary”…
Lord Justice Laws’s ruling said: “We do not live in a society where all the people share uniform religious beliefs. The precepts of any one religion – any belief system – cannot, by force of their religious origins, sound any louder in the general law than the precepts of any other. If they did, those out in the cold would be less than citizens and our constitution would be on the way to a theocracy, which is of necessity autocratic.
“The law of a theocracy is dictated without option to the people, not made by their judges and governments. The individual conscience is free to accept such dictated law, but the state, if its people are to be free, has the burdensome duty of thinking for itself…”
Religious sectarians continue to battle against democracy and reason behind the presumption that their particular invisible entity gives them a specially-ordained right to discriminate against everyone else in society. Not unlike the losers who comprise so much of the American flavor of right-wing reactionaries.
Professional politicians in so many lands rely on grassroots fear and religious froth to prop up their careers. Along with the ever-popular mirror themes of patriotism and war, of course.