With a title like that, do I really need to write a post? Well, maybe a short one.
Here’s the issue: Q&A: Women bishops vote (BBC News).
If a private company or a public sector organisation said “we will not allow women to become directors” it would be hauled through the courts and rightly so.
So how come the Church of England gets away with this blatant discrimination? Being a bishop is a job like any other, and the church should be subject to the same employment laws that govern every other organisation or company in the UK.
By allowing the church to get away with refusing to allow women to become bishops, the government has seriously let down every woman in the UK, and has ensured that resentment of religious privilege will continue to grow.
Of course, I’m happy about the last bit, the more resentment against religious privilege the better, but surely it’s time the church was brought to heel and made to behave in a civilised fashion.
The article “Pope slams gay marriage” appeared in the Times of Malta on 11 January 2010. Clearly the pope’s comments are a direct result of the decision of Portugal to approve plans to legalise gay marriage, and the recent marriage joining two men in Argentina.
Does the catholic church never learn?
Firstly, his comments are blatantly homophobic, as they seek to encourage the denial of a human right to gay people.
Secondly, if the scope of his address had been “catholics should not marry other catholics of the same sex” there would be no problem, however as usual he addresses the entire planet without seeming to understand that he is not king of the world and has no business inflicting his hateful views on non-believers.
Take this direct quote, for instance: “Freedom cannot be absolute. For man, the path to be taken cannot be determined by caprice or willfulness, but must rather correspond to the structure willed by the Creator,” he said.
Quite apart from his use of the word “man” which betrays the ongoing misogyny of the church, who the hell is he to tell you, me or anyone else that our path through life must be something in particular?
Hey, pope, fuck off and take your bigoted megalomania with you.