Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Good Old Boys #199

Well done to the 199 members of the House of Lords who voted against the religious bigots and for equality. I thought that the former Tory Lord Chancellor, made a particularly good point in noting that "it could well mean that if you teach in a school, particularly in an advanced class, that homosexuality is wrong, you would be guilty of breaching these provisions", and that "by virtue of Regulation 16(8), it would appear that such a charity would not be entitled to use this exemption [to the law] while at the same time providing goods, services and facilities on behalf of and under contract with a local authority. Are we therefore going to see the end of state funding for many faith-based charitable organisations?"

The only small point on which he and I differ is that I think these are excellent arguments in favour of the anti-discrimination law, and he appears to disagree.

Spare a thought, though, for Richard Porter, author of the 2005 Lib Dem LGBT manifesto, who defected last month from the Lib Dems to the Tories. I wonder what he makes of the thoughts of his new friends raging in the comments about this 'totalitarian' law?


At 10:37 am , Blogger jdc said...


I have taken this opportunity to go off on one, over at my place.


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