Wednesday, June 13, 2007

First Minister Paisley: ‘This House is Pope’

Cranmer is somewhat amused by this declaration, made by Dr Paisley during his first questions session in the Northern Ireland Assembly (FMQs?). Apparently, Ian Paisley Jnr has been more than frank with his views about homosexuals and homosexuality. In a nutshell, he said: ‘I am pretty repulsed by gay and lesbianism. I think it is wrong. I think that those people harm themselves and - without caring about it - harm society… That doesn't mean to say that I hate them. I mean, I hate what they do.’

It is one thing to voice such beliefs when one is not in government, but quite another when one is the people’s representative and such expressions confront head-on the pervasive secular orthodoxy and the increasingly prevalent assertions of equality. Indeed, it is a brave assertion altogether, considering the ammunition it gives not only to one’s political opponents, but also to an amoral media.

And so the First Minister was questioned by the SLDP's Dolores Kelly about the ‘anti-gay’ views of his son, who is a junior minister in the devolved government. She said: ‘Further to the offensive comments of recent weeks by junior minister Paisley, that minister will have no role in equality legislation in relation to the gay and lesbian community.’

But while the First Minister assured members that he is ‘opposed to any form of discrimination or harassment against any citizens’, he would not commit himself on the involvement of his son in issues of equality. He declared: ‘No, I am not in a position to give those assurances - this House is sovereign, this House is Pope.’


Cranmer is somewhat surprised to hear the First Minister assert this, believing that he above all ought to be more than aware that the Northern Ireland Assembly is neither sovereign, nor Pope, because sovereignty has been surrendered pooled within the EU framework, and it is now the European Commission that manifests infallibility in its ex cathedra dictates and its teleological delusions of empire. The First Minister will soon learn that he leads an Assembly which is merely the equivalent of a county council of Brussels; he is as subject to EU directives, Roman Catholic social doctrine, and all the 'rights' conventions as the rest of the United Kingdom; and he is just as powerless to do anything about it...

…unless, like the First Minister of Scotland, the First Minister of Northern Ireland has it in his power to call a referendum…


Anonymous Voyager said...

As His Grace probably knows there is an attempt at Westminster to foist The Abortion Act on Northern Ireland - I somehow think Catholics and Protestants in that part of the United Kingdom will find much that binds them.

Indeed wouldn't it be so upsetting to those in London who seek to divide and rule if they end up with a united front in N Ireland....opposerd to them ?

13 June 2007 at 07:00  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Indeed, Mr Voyager, indeed.

There is already an outbreak of unity in opposition to the Sexual Orientation Regulations and gay adoption, and in support of Catholic adoption agencies.

How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in harmony...

13 June 2007 at 07:17  
Anonymous athanasius said...

Every now and then, the Rev Ian lets slips a delightful sense of humour, delightful particularly because few people seem to realise that that is what it is.

Look at his seven Desert Island Discs, for example.

13 June 2007 at 21:27  
Anonymous Oiznop said...

I tried looking, but can't find them on google! Can you tell us?

13 June 2007 at 21:36  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Your Grace, surely you cannot give any sense of worth to this 'unity' when it is over something so distasteful? People often do this. It reminds me of the various different Muslims who bond together in their antisemitism.



13 June 2007 at 22:39  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr OIznop,

His Grace has visited the BBC website in search of Dr Paisley's disc choice, but was unable to find it. He will, however, attest to the undeniable fact that Dr Paisley has a most excellent sense of humour.

Ms Snuffleupagus,

Distasteful? In what sense is it distasteful for there to be unity between disparate groups who combine their efforts and influence to oppose the slaughter of unborn babies? Why should any unity for a common cause be 'distatesful', unless, of course, it is simply a cause with which you happen to disagree?

His Grace apportions a manifest 'sense of worth' to all those who work together for a common cause where the objective is the betterment of society.

13 June 2007 at 22:52  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

I was speaking with regard to gay adoption.

14 June 2007 at 07:17  
Anonymous athanasius said...

On 7 August 1988, Dr P chose:

Psalm 23 - Reformed Presbyterian Church of Northern Ireland Presbytery Choir

Pull for the Shore - William MacEwan

Danny Boy - Robert White

Bound for Texas Land - Killycoogan Accordion Band

Amazing Grace

Thy Way O Lord - Bertha Norman

When the Trumpet of the Lord Shall Sound - Rev William MacCrea

(Which version of Amazing Grace" is not recorded.)

The first was his "if only one" disc. His book was Foxe's "Book of Martyrs" and his luxury was a high-powered radio.

If any of His Grace's readers (who have not distinguished themselves in Internet search ability) can't see the humour shining out of this set of choices, then I despair. The man can laugh at himself.

14 June 2007 at 21:57  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Newer›  ‹Older