Shellfish, anyone?

The clearly charming Thomas Cordrey, member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship, says:

Christians have no desire to discriminate unjustly on the grounds of sexual orientation, but they cannot and must not be forced to actively condone and promote sexual practices which the Bible teaches are wrong. It is a fundamental matter of freedom of conscience.

Here’s the thing: your right to ‘freedom of conscience’ is something you made up. Sorry about that. (For the sake of brevity I’m going to replace ‘not having to actively condone and promote sexual practices which the Bible teaches are wrong’ with ‘having all the compassion and moral development of a goat’) You’ll still be perfectly free to have all the compassion and moral development of a goat in theory – namely, inside your head – just not in practice, ok? You can still complain all you like. Your conscience will be clear, and I’m sure your deity will understand. So shush.

I can be fair about this: if you can give me one good reason why you should be allowed to discriminate against somebody on the basis of their sexual orientation that doesn’t involve quoting your invisible friend, I’ll join you. I don’t care about hypocrisy, I care that you can’t back up what you say. It’s perfectly reasonable to discriminate against something that makes no sense.

Incidentally, printers would be forced to produce leaflets promoting gay sex? Firstly, this is the best argument you can come up with? Secondly, people produce leaflets promoting gay sex?! Do you actually mean ‘advertising gay nightclubs’? Because that’s not really the same thing.

Polly Toynbee, The Labour Humanist and Harry’s Place kick ass and take names.