Comments: Getting Equal: Northern Ireland goes ahead

Thank Goodness for the rule of law, with its possibilities for the doing of right --or at least justice. God save us from the odious 'Christian' Institute with so much time and money available to it, for illiberal mischief-making.

If The Reverend Ian Paisley and his co-religionists and co-politicists could not prevent this anti-discrimination legislation, CI certainly cannot. Carry on huffing & puffing (sic).

What a disgrace such religionists are. What shame they bring on all of us who pursue a religious path.

When the history comes to be written

My fear is that it is nails in the coffin of christianity. Can it rise from such crucifixtions as these ? There is such spiritual hunger in the world and the churches could have helped meet it. I guess people will look more and more to the arts, the psychotherapies, thoughtful writers in all fields, the scientists , the East .... ah --maybe not so bad after all. But churhces, shuls, mosques and sanghas do offer an invaluable communal dimension to such seeking and practice. Communities of practice, thing and relating, fellowship.

Posted by laurence at Friday, 22 December 2006 at 10:11am GMT

What is odd about the Church of Ireland press release? I'm not well informed - is it incorrect in what it claims?

Posted by Christopher Shell at Friday, 22 December 2006 at 12:35pm GMT

There really is such nonsense talked here. The regulations have not been delayed in NI, but have been in England, largely because of Ruth Kelly's wriggling conscience and her ambition, which do not always coincide - nothing would surprise me less than a mini-reshuffle involving Kelly in, lets say, late March!

Fact is that until the DUP and Sinn Fein are prepared to govern together, then enacting legislation in NI will be relatively swift. However, there was no actual reason to delay the measures there given that the responses received were not overwhelming. neither were they in England - once you discount all the mass-produced emails sent largely from American email addresses!

Posted by Merseymike at Friday, 22 December 2006 at 1:46pm GMT

I should have said that the principal oddity of the C of I statement is that it is internally inconsistent and confused.

Reads to me, rather like words of Bishop Proudie of Barchester...

Posted by laurence at Friday, 22 December 2006 at 3:05pm GMT

Odd?

Posted by Göran Koch-Swahne at Saturday, 23 December 2006 at 1:03pm GMT

looks to me as though the CofI is simply trying to keep the hardliners happy by making a few noises of protest. Significantly it nowhere seems to condemn the proposals, only questioning the consultation process concerning elements it describes not as 'wrong' but as 'controversial', and it goes so far as to approve of other (unspecified) elements within the legislation.

Posted by mynsterpreost (=David Rowett) at Saturday, 23 December 2006 at 3:25pm GMT
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