According to the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu (he loves getting into the news lately, don't you think?):
"rights of conscience cannot be made subject to legislation, however well-meaning"
Personally I couldn't care less whether the Catholic Church closed down their adoption agency due to the new gay rights law. It disgusts me that people would prioritise religion over a child's welfare, but these people are so out of touch you can't argue nonsense with them.
But somehow that statement seems to indicate their belief that 'we are the Christian Church, we are above the law' kind of attitude. My conscience tells me to go up to Mr. Williams and Mr. Sentamu and smack them right there and then, but the law says that that would amount to assault and I would go to jail. Instead I settled halfway - bitching about them on my insignificant blog.
To me, this isn't about the debate over political correctness anymore. It is about an organisation trying to opt themselves out of the law because they are part of 'so-and-so' religion. All this isn't new, remember those Muslim protestors in France? It is no wonder the majority of people I know has already renounced their previous faith.
Update (29/01): 21 months for Catholic based agencies to break the law. I wish someone would give the rest of us 21 months exemption to adapt new laws. But we are not religious, hence we must obey them from the get-go.
Update (25/01): Despite appearing otherwise, I noticed that the pope isn't completely out of touch. Singling out animations and video games, particularly those that features violence (eh-hem) and sex (eh-hem), he signals his desire to align his church's policy against video games, probably to the delight of one Mr. Franco Frattini. Come on, you guys are already working hard criminalising gays, now you want to pick on video gamers and game developers too?
Via Wired GameLife
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