Anti-discriminizeationism is a perfectly cromulent word

January 31, 2007

Every once in a while, people surprise you.

From the article:

The Catholic Church has lost its fight against a new British law that bans discrimination against homosexual couples wanting to adopt children.

Prime Minister Tony Blair announced yesterday that faith-based adoption agencies would not be exempt from the law but would have until the end of 2008 to comply.

After this, he said, agencies that opposed applications from same-sex couples would have a statutory duty to refer them to other organisations.

In a statement, Mr Blair said: “There is no place in our society for discrimination. That’s why I support the right of gay couples to apply to adopt like any other couple.”

Astounding. And in a country with a state church too.

Unfortunately here in Australia we aren’t nearly so enlightened. We wont even give a gay couple the same legal rights as a married heterosexual couple, let alone the ability to adopt (or for both parents to have equal legal rights and responsibilities for a child conceived via a sperm donor or surrogate mother).

So just what does this imply? That any two old slappers of the opposite sex have a divine right to be parents just because they can, while two loving people of the same sex who desperately want a child are somehow automatically substandard? Goodness, I really don’t think that just because you can do something, you have a right to, or should. Armageddon anyone? Paris Hilton? Good grief.

The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said:

“We are, of course, deeply disappointed that no exemption will be granted to our agencies on the grounds of widely held religious conviction and conscience.”

Well, I think that’s tough really. People like Rev. Fred Phelps certainly don’t give same sex couples an exemption from religious bigotry and prejudice, and while most groups certainly aren’t that extreme, in the end the difference is largely a matter of degree rather than principle.

And why should conviction have anything to do with it? Believing harmful and stupid things because someone tells you to, is not a skill that should be rewarded or encouraged.

Same sex couples are one of the last groups of people in our society who it is still largely acceptable to discriminate against, entirely on the basis of rules set down in millennia old religious writings. And so many rules! Groups like the Exclusive Brethren lobby tirelessly against gay marriage because the Bible considers homosexuality an “abomination” (Leviticus 18:22), but where were they and their trusty stones when I worked on the Sabbath? (Exodus 35:2). Or when I was “unclean” because I slept in the same bed as my girlfriend during her period (Leviticus 15:19-24). And of course blasphemy. Don’t even get me started on blasphemy.

If you’re going to blindly follow stupid rules, why pick and choose?

The Education Secretary, Alan Johnson, said: “This is the right outcome because it puts the interests of the child first. We reject discrimination in all its forms, particularly when that deprives our most vulnerable children of a stable, loving and secure home.”

And that just about sums it up really.


2 Responses to “Anti-discriminizeationism is a perfectly cromulent word”

  1. […] in British-land, but around here… A couple of days ago I commented that sometimes people surprise you. Well, sometimes they […]

  2. At the risk of appearing to be even more of a Dawkins fanboy than I am, he devotes quite some time in The God Delusion to the way contemporary churches pick and choose from (in this case) the bible. Obviously (in this case) the Anglican church found the passage about stoning homosexuals, but what about adulterers, people who talk back to their parents, and anyone who gathers sticks on a Sunday? (And don’t get me started on the simply depraved stories such as Lot offering his virgin daughters to an angry mob of Sodomites who turned up to rape some angels he was hiding… Genesis 19.)

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