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Monday, July 07, 2003

Somebody call for a priest

The Church of England had better believe in an afterlife, because it's vital signs are looking decidedly dodgy.

This is an organisation which promotes itself as a paragon of tolerance and the "love thy neighbour" values of Jesus Christ.

At the same time it flies in the face of equal rights principles to the extent that it allows the prejudices within its ranks to force a worthy employee out of his job. This on the pretext of "wisdom" written thousands of years ago.

Where would we be if everyone adhered to the judgments and proclamations of virtually pre-historic times?

This just shows what an inconsequential organisation the CoE is determined to be.

On the one hand I feel sorry for it - the vast majority of its employees make a valuable contribution to our society. On the other hand, I reckon that if they are determined to follow a bizarre code laid down by a tiny superstitious minority who were effectively from a different world, then they deserve all the ridicule and marginalisation they bring on themselves.

posted by Plig | 15:45 |

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