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GUEST,Steamin' Willie BS: Gay church 'marriages' set to get the go (180* d) RE: BS: Gay church 'marriages' set to get the go 15 Feb 11

What this means is that religion has to decide whether it is an interest club for its' members or a relevant part of civic life for the community at large.

Church of England clerics and their mates are harping on about being marginalised and the likes of Dawkins questioning their relevance. Well, as the examples given by the Bishop I heard are fairly ludicrous, (one where a Bed & Breakfast owner wants to be free to be a bigot and another where a nurse wants to ask vulnerable people to pray with her when she enters their house as part of her role,) I fail to see how they can attempt to join in with grown up debate in any sense.

So this affair may well help ask the question whether religions want the freedom to do whatever they do on a Sunday, Friday whatever with no interference from people who aren't in their club or whether they are part of the fabric of a community.

If they wish to be part of the fabric of the community, they can start by accepting that many people see their services as part of a tradition, so people may wish to use their facilities.


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