This weekend here in England it is a bank holiday, a long weekend of taking it easy, relaxing, taking a short break somewhere, drinking and generally doing what we want to with the extra time given. Bank holiday Monday began for me with a phone call from my dad who said he’d possibly broken his wrist or arm in a fall. I went around to his place and noticed the swelling and then took him to the local hospital casualty and he’d broken his wrist as suspected.
After spending a good deal of time at the hospital I got him home and settled and then thought to myself ‘the day can only get better’. A cup of vanilla earl grey in hand I sat down to relax and read the news online. One thing is for certain these days is that invariably religion or religious related news makes a regular, if not daily appearance and invariably its not good news.
The first story I came across was a report of people being beheaded in Afghanistan by the Taliban for apparently socialising together. The Taliban it would seem do not like men and women mixing socially. Why? Religious perspective of course.
The second story regarded the ongoing saga involving Scottish plans to introduce gay marriage. Pardon the pun here but it seems the catholic church aren’t taking this laying down. The catholic church sees marriage as a lifelong union of a man and a woman. Can I just take this opportunity to tell people of the christian faith that people were getting married before christianity came along, in ancient Rome and Greece same sex relationships weren’t a big deal, and why should they be? We don’t live according to biblical/Islamic law and we are better for it. Cardinal O’Brien, the head figure in the Scottish catholic church said back in March that same sex marriages are;
“A grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”
This coming from a man who represents a church that has a proven track record of its priests fucking little boys, is that less grotesque than consenting adults fucking each other?