The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has written to the Cabinet demanding that his fellow believers be allowed to continue discriminating against would-be gay parents.
The letter follows identical threats from others in the Roman Catholic Church. The Government’s answer must be very simple: close.
Adoption by same-sex couples is legal in this country and therefore no group should have right not to process such applications. The only need for anti-discriminatory laws being introduced is the homophobic practices and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and other bigots.
In targeting gays and lesbians the Church is being hypocritical as Murphy-O’Connor’s letter shows, it states:
“We require our Agencies to recruit and approve appropriate married and single people to meet the needs of children”
According to Rome’s reading of the bible sex is wholly about procreation and sex out of wedlock is a sin meaning only married couples should be producing children yet Catholics are happy to ” approve appropriate…single people”.
This is especially interesting because the letter protests:
“We believe it would be unreasonable, unnecessary and unjust discrimination against Catholics for the Government to insist that if they wish to continue to work with local authorities, Catholic adoption agencies must act against the teaching of the Church and their own consciences by being obliged in law to provide such a service.”
The hypocrisy is laid bare for all to see, adoption by single people who cannot have children without sinning is acceptable but adoption by homosexuals is to be resisted at all costs.
Bigotry has no place in a modern rational world. This is not a theocratic state and the Church is not exempt from the laws of man nor should Parliament seek to create such an exemption.
The Roman Catholic Church is simply deploying bully-boy tactics in an effort to set it apart from the laws of the land – its bluff must be called and the primacy of modern man’s laws over the selected readings of ancient texts be established once and for all.
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