A heart of stone is needed, not to mock the continuing havoc an eight-letter word is causing the Tory Party.
At a quick count, at toast-and-marmalade-time today, seven of the top eight (that number again!) items on ConHome Newslinks were about “marriage” — single-sex, the financial arrangements thereof, and other hokey-cokeys. There’s even one of those annoying rolling ads for the Coalition for Marriage.
From Institute to Coalition (across the hall-way)
This Coalition for Marriage deserves a moment’s attention. Its address is 5 Park Road, Gosforth. This takes us to a soul-less warehousing development on the outskirts of Newcastle — within whiffing distance of the big Greggs pasty plant across the hedge. Presumably no coincidence, it is bang next door to The Christian Institute of Wilberforce House, 4 Park Road, Gosforth. For all the “Christian” ethos here, the “Christian Institute” seems to have a particular track record:
- it sought to retain Thatcher’s vindictive Clause 28, discriminating against the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality;
- it argued for an older age-of-consent in homosexual relationships;
- it opposed Civil Partnerships;
- it opposed single-sex adoption rights;
- it meddled in Northern Ireland’s attempts to draw up rules on gender equality;
- it funded a case in Islington, where a Council employee refused to work on the documentation of civil partnerships (and lost);
- it funded the boarding-house owner who discriminated against gays(and lost).
Not surprisingly, then, the Institute has repeatedly been warned off crossing the line between “charity” and political activism.
Oh, and the Institute are New Earthers, theocrats, and bigots:
The Bible is without error not only when it speaks of salvation, its own origins, values, and religious matters, but it is also without error when it speaks of history and the cosmos. Christians must, therefore, submit to its supreme authority, both individually and corporately, in every matter of belief and conduct.
Anyone for an auto-da-fé?
The Christian Institute is strong on discipline:
The Church’s calling is to worship and serve God in the world, to proclaim and defend his truth, to exhibit his character and to demonstrate the reality of his new order.
New order … where did we come on that before? Then, in the original, was it not more correctly Neuordnung?
And also hot on punishment:
Evildoers will suffer eternal punishment. God will fully establish his kingdom when he creates a new heaven and a new earth from which evil, suffering and death will be excluded, and in which he will be glorified for ever.
Ah, yes: bring back the old ways of glorifying for ever:
A Malcolmian solution:
Ever one to be helpful, Malcolm reckons he has a way to satisfy all but the most extreme theocrat:
- Allow whatever religious, denominational or whatever practices of human bonding to persist, but keep them at pitchfork’s length from the State;
- Recognise only civil-marriage sand registrations of relationships to be recognised for official State needs.
In other words, do as they do in France — a civil and (should the couple wish) a religious ceremony. But only the one has the official imprimatur — and it has to happen first. If the Château de Candé was good enough for an (ex-)King and Emperor, then the local Town Hall should suit anyone else.