Who in this administration can we believe on this matter?
Evidently, the atheist Mr Clegg feels confident enough to comment on things which quite literally do not concern him.
For some reason these words of Chesterton spring to mind:
"...Not only is the faith the mother of all worldly energies, but its foes are the fathers of all worldly confusion. The secularists have not wrecked divine things; but the secularists have wrecked secular things, if that is any comfort to them. The Titans did not scale heaven; but they laid waste the world...Chesterton also had a few things to say about the difference between political and theological liberalism, but those distinctions appear to be vanishing in the face of the very illiberal liberalism currently fashionable both in Church and State.
Something else kept very quiet indeed during the so-called consultation was the information that positive teaching about same-sex marriage in English and Welsh schools could become obligatory should the proposed marriage law changes become law: now that will have repercussions in the areas of free speech, civil liberties and employment law which go far beyond the Coalition's bland assertions that its proposals simply mean an extension of the right to marry to those currently excluded from it.
This debate is rapidly becoming as much a matter of trust and basic honesty as it is about the substantive issue of same-sex marriage. Before politicians lecture the undoubtedly deficient business ethics of bankers, they should perhaps first examine their own somewhat dubious methods.
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