UK: Lost in translation…
More than 1,000 priests have signed a letter voicing concerns that same-sex marriage will threaten religious freedoms in a way that was last seen during centuries of persecution of Catholics in England.
In the letter published in the Daily Telegraph, the priests claim that same-sex marriage could even lead to Catholics being excluded from some professions, such as teaching.
The letter, signed by 1,054 priests as well as 13 bishops, abbots and other senior Catholic figures, raises fears that the simple acts of practising or speaking about their faith will be severely limited.
Here’s what they meant to say: The more authorities who throw their weight behind rational and compassionate decision-making, the easier it will become for everyone to see that our beliefs are crap, our ideas are bigoted and our God is a non-existent bogey under the bed.
And this is the best bit:
The bishop of Portsmouth, the Right Rev Philip Egan, one of the signatories, told the Telegraph: “I am very anxious that when we are preaching in church or teaching in our Catholic schools or witnessing to the Christian faith of what marriage is that we are not going to be able to do it, that we could be arrested for being bigots or homophobes.”
Well, yes, if you preach bigotry and homophobia when preaching bigotry and homophobia is against the law, you will be breaking the law. That’s the way it is, bish. Clearly logic is not your strong point.
PS: Try telling your congregation to go out and burn witches next Sunday.