Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Imagine a school where every child, regardless of background, is forced to worship Jesus by their teachers and where children learn about no other religion than Christianity. In this school kids answer science exam questions about Adam and Eve and are slapped by teachers if they do something wrong. Sex education is limited to telling the kids they should stay celibate until they’re married. Oh, and they must marry the opposite sex only. If asked about the rights and wrongs of homosexuality, teachers are required to condemn it and inform the child it is an inappropriate choice of lifestyle.

The picture I’ve just painted sounds like Britain a few decades ago. It sounds like a version Britain most of us have now turned our backs on. But I have not just taken you back in time, I have taken you to the Britain of Reverend George Hargreaves.

Who? I hear you say. George Hargreaves is a millionaire songwriter and also the leader of the Christian Party, a right-wing extremist Christian party. Ironically, George made his fortune by writing “So Macho”, the huge gay anthem of the 80s, in his days of being a ‘sinner’.

At this weeks election the Christian party received more than 18,000 votes. In previous elections their numbers have been even higher, getting more than 50,000 at the European election in 2005 and more than 26,000 in the 2007 Scottish election. Granted this is nowhere near the half a million BNP votes cast this week but it still shows there is a significant amount of people in favour of this version of Britain.

This is proof, if ever we needed it, of the need for a separation of religion and politics. A quick glance at the Christian Party manifesto provides yet more proof:

  • The Christian Party would attempt to repeal discrimination laws, including laws that protect people from racism and homophobia.
  • They would reintroduce Section 28 forcing teachers to condemn homosexuality.
  • They would put a blanket ban on anybody not in a heterosexual marriage adopting.
  • They would attempt to completely ban abortion.
  • They would force the worship of the Christian God and stop schools teaching about other religions.
  • They would leave sex education to parents and  teach secondary school kids that “chastity before marriage” is “the best and safest sexual practice”.
  • They would bring back “supervised corporal punishment” in schools.
  • They would bring back parent’s right to beat their children (spare the rod spoil the child and all that) including giving parents the right to “apply sanctions regarding sexual behaviour”, whatever that means.
  • They would force people to vote, and fine them if they don’t.

It’s important to point out that this lunatics will never get enough support to take over the country, the BNP are nowhere near getting any power and they got 500,000 votes this time round. But that is not the point. If we reform our voting system, in favour of  proportional representation, then these people would have even more chance of getting seats. It only takes one seat in parliament to start exerting influence and the religious right-wing is growing, in this country and all over the world.

Britain has grown up. We have accepted equality above dogma. We have moulded our moral and legal positions to suit the needs of society and not to fulfill the mandate of an ancient story book.

I say Good riddance to the Christian Party and their depraved policies.

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Gordon’s done it again. He’s opened his mouth without thinking. I briefly entertained the thought that he might stop saying ridiculous things in the run up to this election given his already fragile popularity. He obviously can’t help himself.

By calling one of his supporters a bigot for doing nothing more than daring to challenge him he confirms my suspicions that he doesn’t care one single bit about what the country thinks. His hypocritical and two-faced reaction, based on nothing more than a brief meeting which left him nowhere near enough time make such a judgement is classic Gordon Brown.

“Bigot” is a dangerous word to throw at someone for you run the risk of it bouncing straight back at you. It’s definition, after all, is to be “obstinately convinced of the superiority or correctness of one’s own opinions”. That definition fits Brown like a glove. His reaction was to accuse her of intolerance whilst displaying the classic signs of intolerance himself.

Let it be said Gordon is probably not alone here, I have no doubt the others have said some things they shouldn’t have behind closed doors

If Gordon Brown wanted what was best for the country he’d recognise the level of contempt for the public has for him and stand aside. Alas! That is never going to happen, for Gordon wants nothing more than to be elected. This election is about him winning the job of Prime Minister, he is not content with simply being handed it on a plate. He will pursue this end regardless of whether he brings the Labour party down with him and his colleagues won’t stand in his way if they know what’s good for them (and their long term careers).

This is indicative of Gordon, he’s a control freak who can’t stand it when someone disagrees with him and lashes out when he feels wronged. He’d do well to realise most of the country disagree with him most of the time.