Thursday, February 15, 2007

Cameron replies

Background briefing: we assume that everyone who has written to David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, about his refusal to oppose the Sexual Orintation Regulations has had, or will eventually get, a letter or PDF of his considered response. The only part of this worth reading is as follows:

'I have made it clear that I expect to support the Regulations. I beleive that this is the right approach because we should not discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation. While some colleagues want to vote against the Regulations en bloc because there is not a block exception for Catholic adoption agencies, I do not think this would be the right way forward. Let me explain why. Firstly, we would effectively be saying that we did not want the Regulations at all (because the vote would be a simple 'for or against'). Secondly, I strongly believe that in this country we should try, where possible, to ensure uniformity across the law. We should try to avoid carve-outs for different groups in our society, particularly those fulfilling public functions.'

Sorry, Dave, but this is not about discrimination and not about 'carve-outs': the SORs are incoherent and unjust for the reason explained patiently by Christians for over a year now, that they refuse to distinguish 'orientation' and behaviour. In the case of adoption, the SORs criminalise discrimination on the basis of suitability as adoptive parents. Are you telling us that this criminalisation is required by justice?

Politically conservative Catholics must now ask if the Conservative Party is worthy of their support.

No comments:

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen