Thursday, 2 June 2011
So-called liberals and the gay rights lobby continue their irrational hatred of Christians as the Catholic Children's Society is branded "homophobic"
About six weeks ago I mentioned (here) that the Catholic Children's Society had just been awarded the "Counselling to school-aged children" contract by the London Borough of Richmond. At the time, I warned that prejudiced "liberals" and so-called "humanists" would probably be furious about this - as they seem to believe that Christians should not be allowed to serve the pubic. It seems that many anti-theists genuinely believe their own conceit that people of faith cannot act with reason, objectiveness or compassion.
Last week the Guardian reported on the Government's decision to invite LIFE (which the paper dismissively calls an "anti-abortion group") to join its new sexual health forum. In the same article, the Guardian also mentioned the Catholic Children's Society's newly awarded contract to provide counselling services for Richmond schools. Needless to say, the left-wing newspaper seemed indignant that Christian charities were allowed anywhere near Britain's children or sexually active young people. The paper seemed to mainly quote those who shared its biased view of religion and people of faith - although there were a few exceptions. The pro-euthanasia former-MP, Evan Harris, told the Guardian that having the pro-life charity LIFE on the new sexual health panel would stop the advisory board "[from] having frank and open discussions because you have a group there that is committed to opposing current policy." It's quite telling that this Lib Dem politician thinks that having a pro-life group advising the Government would somehow stifle discussion - whereas, of course, most people would recognise the value that exists in diversity of opinion!
Whilst researching the article that appeared in the Guardian, I came across another report published on yesterday's Pink News (pro-homosexual) website. It seems that the author might have noticed the report in the Guardian as its rather long-winded and alarmist headline read: "London borough tries to reassure critics after homophobic Catholic charity awarded £89,000 contract for counselling in schools." From reading the article, it appears that the only reason the Pink News has for practically defaming the Catholic Children's Society (by labelling it "homophobic") is its Catholic identity. Apparently, the charity is also considered "homophobic" because it was effectively forced to stop its adoptions service after the Sexual Orientation Regulations were implemented two years ago! Isn't it frightening how so-called liberals love to stifle opinion and consciences by branding their enemies with pejorative, new-fangled and often non-sensical terms?
Quoting sources from the National Secular Society, Pink News also seemed to suggest to its readers that "the standards of the Catholic Church" could never be considered "professional." And, although article concedes that the Catholic Children's Society "is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy" and that it had issued a statement emphasising "that its counsellors respect other beliefs and would not try to convert or pass judgement on children", it still managed to suggest that the charity is somehow "homophobic", untrustworthy or somehow lacking in professional standards.
Frighteningly, it also appears from the article that Terry Sanderson from the National Secular Society is convinced that there exists such a wide gulf between the Church and modern British society that the former should not be allowed to engage with the latter. It was also bizarre to read the comments made by Baroness Jenny Tonge. She is quoted in the Pink News as having said: “It is unfair and irrational for the council to impose Catholic thinking on the entire population of young people in this borough, the vast majority of whom are not Catholic or may have no religion at all."
Lady Tonge seems to think, then, that our British culture and values just came from nowhere - whereas, in fact, modern-day Britain is still very much imbued with the Catholic thinking that formed all that is good about European civilisation. Maybe the noble lady truly thinks, in the manner of a 17th century Puritan, that the Catholic Church is some foreign power hell-bent on destroying a truncated British way of life? Jenny Tonge also seems, from her alarmist statement, to think that the Catholic Children's Society's aim is to "impose Catholic thinking on the entire population of young people" in Richmond-upon-Thames! Of course, this is extremely over-the-top as all that this noble and worthy charity, which has helped the most disadvantaged children in our society since the 1850's, actually wants to do is provide counselling and advice to distressed youngsters. Contrary to her prejudiced view of Christians, those who work for Church-based or faith-based charities can be far more rational and fair than their atheist colleagues (even if there aren't that many of them in the voluntary sector).
Of course, lots of people are misinformed and ignorant when it comes to people of faith or to the services provided by the Catholic Church. They fear that somehow, those of us who believe in the love of God want to stop them "having fun" (i.e. homosexual or promiscuous sex). They are so consumed with fear that they might somehow be challenged to change or consider another way of life that they have become extremely "phobic" (from the Greek for "fear") in relation to faith. Unable to accept their own phobia towards people who have religious faith and / or a clearly defined morality, they lash out, rather childishly, branding others as "homophobic" (or whatever). It must be noted that the "gay culture" is predominantly atheistic and that many National Secularists are also homosexuals - maybe their irrational fear of being judged or asked to view life from another perspective has forced them to adopt such hostile positions? This is, of course, understandable - but, it just goes to show that in their vile and prejudiced hatred of religion (especially Catholicism - which is the custodian of unchanging truths) they have been blinded to the reality that it is they who are the irrational and hateful ones.