There’s been a lot said at the Conservative Party Conference, over the past day or so, that has left me feeling angry. One particular event, on the fringes of the conference, has left me particularly clenching my jaws: Lord Carey, David Burrows and Ann Widdecombe’s anti-gay marriage rally. And as a Huffington Post article has pointed out: there was a comparison made with Nazi-Germany to lead the argument against gay marriage.
Ignoring the fact that there are some denominations of Christianity that are quite happy with homosexuality and the concept of same-sex marriage – and who would benefit from being able to hold same-sex marriage (not civil partnership) ceremonies for some members of their congregations – yes ignoring all that, Carey and co. espoused some rather selective and hateful rhetoric.
This rhetoric included trying to say that those who are for same-sex marriage are Nazis, because they may “persecute” Christians who speak out against it. And he basically made a comparison between traditionalist Christians, and Jews who were persecuted by the Nazi regime.
Oh, and allowing same-sex marriage will lead to a totalitarian state.
People like Lord Carey and Ann Widdecombe should not be listened to on this matter. These same people pick and choose the parts of the Bible they follow, and they now make a comparison to conflicts against their faith in a situation where Christians were sitting quite pretty while Jews, the disabled, gypsies and gay people were forced into slave labour or murdered.
As jrt1101 commented on the Huff Post piece:
“Lord Carey makes a strong and coherent argument against the influence of the church.
In comparing the proposed elimination of a dated prejudice with Naziism, he cleverly shows us why we should never allow people who get their beliefs from faith to make policy.”