“Former archbishop Lord Carey attacks David Cameron for ‘aggressive secularism’ in the Government’s approach to same-sex marriage”
Dear Lord Carey,
Please correct me if I am mistaken, but I don’t recall Christians being demonised, criminalised, imprisoned, psychologically “cured” by electric shock “therapy”, chemically castrated, burnt, tortured, beaten, raped, bombed and murdered for who they love in Britain’s recent past.
So could you please explain to us secularists how we are persecuting you?
As far as I recall the worst indignity you have had to endure is being handcuffed to Peter Tatchell during an Easter Sunday sermon. Hardly the most edifying experience I’ll admit but having to tolerate an essentially peaceful (if somewhat raucous) demonstration does not equate to the abuses I described above.
If you seek a better understanding of what it feels like to be a member of a “persecuted minority”, may I humbly suggest you take your ministry to Arabia, the Sudan, the Hindu Kush, Burma or the Peoples Republic of China. In any of these locals you will experience the reality of the word “persecution” and what it means in its proper context.
Also you appear to require the use of a dictionary. Or are you hiding your disapproval of the concepts of Equality & Freedom behind your use of the words “aggressive secularism”.
Perhaps you fear upholding your ancient, racist, misogynistic and homophobic dogma to the scrutiny of Public Opinion. I’m sorry but on that I can offer no comfort. We live in the Democratic Age and some of us seek to dismantle the abusive heritage of Ecclesiastical Tyranny.
If this disturbs you may I suggest you take heed of the teachings of your Lord and “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39). After all he understood the difference between Church & State; “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17).
It is well past time that the English followed the example of the Welsh & disestablished the Anglican Church. Perhaps then you will appreciate the concepts of Freedom, Tolerance, Equality and Understanding.
After all we have now patiently endured the Tyrannical Hegemony of Christian Dogma for millennia. It is time for some quid pro quo and recognition of the Egalitarian Ethos of the Public.
Hywel ap Dafydd
One Humble Humanist