The BFTC continues in England as secularism tightens its grip. To many of us in the United States, this is frightening, but realize, we're not far behind (we've been trailing about 10 years behind England).
Catholic schools will be forced to teach about gay marriage
Read correspondence between bishops and Equalities Minister20 February 2013, 9:00This week the bishops' conference of England and Wales published its correspondence with Maria Miller, Minister for Women and Equalities, on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.The Government rejected proposed amendments by the Church to its gay marriage Bill, and said the new definition of marriage will have to be taught in Catholic schools.The Church suggested a number of amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill during a meeting with Culture Minister Maria Miller in January.In a letter to Archbishop Smith that was released yesterday, Ms Miller said teachers in Catholic schools will need to reflect the fact that 'marriage is open to both opposite and same sex couples.' She said, however that 'the discussion or criticism of same sex marriage [in schools] would not be ‘of itself' discrimination under the current law,' and that this would only be the case if this took place 'in an inappropriate manner or context' which resulted in discrimination.You can read a letter to Archbishop Peter Smith from Ms Miller dated 3 February 2013, and Archbishop Peter Smith's response. This is in the form of a detailed memorandum prepared with expert legal advice from Professor Christopher McCrudden. Also attached is a summary of the memorandum.Both the Secretary of State's letter and the memorandum were submitted to the Public Bill Committee, which will be considering amendments to the Bill in the coming weeks.
Before the bishops dig themselves deeper as they are fighting the battle on the outside of the Church as well as the inside, their response should be “Or else what? You'll shut us down?” Most Catholic schools unfortunately are likely to just comply with what the government is asking because they agree anyways, but if the bishops make these schools realize that their independence and religious beliefs are on the line (when they conflicts with the government's) then they make stand up simply out of the principle of religious liberty like in the United States.
I would venture to guess most of the Catholics who rebelled against the Obama's imposition of buying contraceptives, deemed 'healthcare', reacted because of the religious liberty implications rather than because they actually believe contraception is wrong. Unfortunately England is not as passionate about religious liberty as those in the United States. However, they better get passionate really quick.
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