Roman Catholic Church intervenes in Scottish election
The bishops point to the Government’s legislation over civil partnership, gay adoption, attacks on Catholic education, divorce, abortion, and embryo research. Such legislation and regulations are ‘seriously at odds with the insights and values of our Christian faith and of other faiths’. In asserting the principles of ‘freedom of religion’ and the ‘rights of conscience’, the bishops contend that these developments are ‘detrimental not just to the good of the Catholic community but to the common good of humanity as a whole’.
So the Roman Catholic faithful are exhorted by their bishops to vote for candidates who manifest Christian values.
Nothing wrong at all with that. In fact, it is totally predictable and remarkably unremarkable…
…except for the prominence given to the story by the BBC, and by the corporation’s total silence on the matter when such concerns are voiced by other church groups. Indeed, one minister, the Rev George Hargreaves, has founded the Scottish Christian Party to argue for precisely this agenda, but has only hit the media because his campaign is deemed ‘homophobic’, outdated’, ‘extreme’ or ‘fundamentalist’. He is even a candidate himself, but there are so many derogatory adjectives attached to his campaign for Christian values that it beggars belief that he could be standing on the same platform at all. In fact, the only difference is that he happens to be a Protestant Evangelical.
Needless to say, Cranmer supports the Roman Catholic bishops on this one, but he is somewhat puzzled that they have not been dismissed as homophobic, unenlightened, anti-science, or intolerant. The only insult not deployed upon the Rev Hargreaves is that he is ‘racist’, but doubtless this would not stick given that he is black. If one were looking for equality and impartiality in the way these agendas are conveyed, the Roman Catholic bishops should be bigoted, medieval flat-earthers.
It is manifestly not what is being said that attracts the reverence of the BBC, but who is doing the saying.