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12 December 2012 @ 07:36 am
The Sturch* strikes again  
In a horrible example of what happens when you don't have separation of church & state, the British government has denied religious freedom to many believers and their clergy.
*Thank you, Philip Jose Farmer

Thanx to andrewducker
 
 
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on December 12th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
This, as various of my friends over on Dreamwidth have pointed out, is an elegant case of giving passive-aggressive people what they claim to want. The C of E insisted that it would be Wrong Wrong Wrong to allow same-sex marriages in their churches, because then any English same-sex couple could have a C of E wedding. (This was almost certainly not true: divorced heterosexuals can't insist on that right to be married in their local parish.) Rather than say "okay, Bishop, no church weddings for those icky homosexuals" they made an exception, rather than letting the established church make rules for everyone else.
Ayesha: libertyjustice (clauclauclaudia)browngirl on December 12th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking this. Hopefully it'll work as it's meant to (and get repealed within our lifetimes).
Avram Grumer: Post-It Portraitagrumer on December 12th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Wait, doesn't that article say England is getting same-sex marriage? Just that certain churches won't be performing the ceremony? How is that inferior to what we've got going on in the US, where only a few states support same-sex marriage, and the federal gov't doesn't recognize it?
Sabrinasophiaserpentia on December 12th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
Along with refusing to elect female bishops, I'd say the C of E is on the fast track to total irrelevance and obscurity. Especially considering how secular Europe is becoming...
Feòrag Fearsithefeorag on December 12th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm expecting some of the liberal C of E parishes to get together and take a religious discrimination to the European Court Real Soon Now.
Feòrag Fearsithefeorag on December 12th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Additionally, I'd like to point out that you mean "England and Wales". Scotland has its own legislation on the matter (and no established church - the Church of Scotland saw the danger in that and refused to have anything to do with it).