Tuesday, 13 July 2010

It's not bigotry, it's theology

Reverend Paul Perkin appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning, reporting on the debate at the General Synod over women bishops. He explained that those who oppose women bishops do so not out of bigotry, but on the basis of theology.

From my perspective, the Church of England should be free to specify whatever hiring and promotion criteria it likes ... and so should any other organisation. The Church should not need to apply the spurious defence that discrimination is acceptable only when supported by "holy books". It is a delicious contradiction that our PC society feels compelled to respect the prejudices of tribesmen who died centuries ago.

Religious beliefs deserve no special treatment. Let us clear away all of the exemptions, and if any of our laws look unreasonable, that's probably because they are.

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