The Government plans to open up the ability for those entering into a civil partnership to have religious readings, texts, etc at their wedding and perhaps even hold it in a religious setting (such a Liberal Synagogue). It is not forcing religions to change their beliefs or coercing them to perform civil partnerships. Yet the reaction from the Church of England would appear to suggest otherwise.
Here's the latest:
The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Bishop Nicholas Reade, says his churches will not be used for same-sex ceremonies.
And he has criticised proposals for a change in the law, believed to have been drawn up by Liberal Democrat equality minister Lynne Featherstone.
No problems there, each to their own and all that.
Bishop Nicholas said: I find it quite hard to understand why the government should think it can interfere with the teachings of the church.
Sorry, come again???
Church and state are not the same thing, and I am very surprised that without any consultation with the church the government is making such a sweeping statement.
Erm... failing to see the point here. The Government should have consulted with the Church before allowing OTHER RELIGIONS to have the choice to perform civil partnerships? It makes no sense!
But Bishop Nicholas, whose diocese covers the whole of East Lancashire, said it was not the governments role to make the change.
Bishop Nicholas views echo an official statement from the Church of England, which said it would not allow its churches to be used.
It's not the Governments role to make something that is illegal legal?? Then whose role is it?? The Church of England does not have the authority to create legislation that's binding on other religions and the non-religious does it?
Bishop Nicholas is a fool. And I mean that in the sense that he is obviously stupid. And when I say that I mean he is so intellectually deficient that I find it quite bizarre that he has reached the position that he has. But then again he is in an organisation that believes in Virgin Birth.
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