Government pays for exemption from the effects of its own legislation
Some Roman Catholic agencies have already closed rather than betray their tradition or compromise their moral beliefs, but 12 agencies have applied jointly for a Government grant of £250,000 to investigate ways of surviving under the legislation. The grant, which will pay for legal advice, was recommended by a committee set up by the Government to investigate the agencies' concerns.
Jim Richards, chief executive of the Catholic Children's Society, has confirmed that this is Government (ie taxpayers’) money and it will enable the Roman Catholic Church to explore possible ways of circumventing the SOR legislation.
This intrigues Cranmer.
The Government passes a law. It then establishes a committee to look at the specific implications of this legislation for a faith group. This committee decides that Government should fund the exploration of exemption from the law (which some will inevitably view as evasion of the law). While Cranmer has great sympathy for the position of the Roman Catholic Church on this matter, he cannot quite grasp the concept of the Government funding groups which seek exemption from its legislation: the taxpayer funds the formulation of legislation, and the taxpayer then funds faith groups which wish to be exempt.
Wait ‘til a few vocal Islamists cotton on to this little scam. O, hang on:
Terrorist activities outlawed…unless they are in the pursuit of jihad?
Incitement to violence outlawed...unless Muslims demand the Pope's death?
Religion-hate speech outlawed…unless it’s in the Qur’an?
Expressions of homophobia outlawed…unless it is an article of faith?
Wife beating outlawed…unless it is Shari’a compliant?
Corporal punishment in schools outlawed...unless performed by an imam?
Sexual discrimination outlawed…unless it’s a men-only mosque?
Treason outlawed...unless Muslims demand the death of the Queen?
Blasphemy law is rendered obsolete…unless Mohammed is the target?
Now there is precedent for Government funding the exploration of faith-group exemptions from the law, Cranmer thinks the humble tax-payer is about to be taken for something of a ride.