Comments: catching up on the McFarlane judgment

Carl Gardner - 'If Christians feel their faith is held in contempt, perhaps they should look to themselves and the leaders who make it contemptible'. Quite so.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Friday, 21 May 2010 at 7:38pm BST

"Lord" Carey is some piece of work. It is startling to think that Margaret Thatcher got him appointed as Archbishop of Canterbury. His tenure was certainly that of a fundamentalist evangelical and not your average Anglican. His letter to the Court was appalling on so many levels but I guess he is certainly entitled to his opinions. Is it not time for this man to retire to the countryside?

Posted by Chris Smith at Friday, 21 May 2010 at 9:09pm BST

Chris, many have referred to George Carey as Margaret Thatcher's revenge on the Church of England.

Posted by Malcolm+ at Saturday, 22 May 2010 at 4:29pm BST

" The law of a theocracy is dictated without option to the people, not made by their judges and governments. The individual conscience is free to accept such dictated law; but the State, if its people are to be free, has the burdensome duty of thinking for itself." - 'Heresy Corner' -

What an excellent summarisation of Justice Laws' reasons for dismissing the Mc'Farlane claim to have been, himself, dealt with unjustly by the application of the law.

Also, what a resounding rebuttal of Lord Carey's defence of Mc'Farlane's appeal for what he wants from the government. Thank God for Justice Law's determination, and his gentle criticism of the one-time ABC's strident call for 'special rights' to discriminate against the LGBT community. The Church of England needs to learn from this - especially when the learned Judge is, himself, a committed member of the Church of England.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 23 May 2010 at 11:58pm BST
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