If you are a God botherer then you may not want to read this post, but you should.
As an alternative (or in addition) to the Queen’s Speech this year, there was a speech made by an extreme religious asshat who preached his usual run of the mill prejudice. No, not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Pope, who informed us that mankind faces a threat akin to that of global warming – the gays. Seriously, explain to me the difference between denying the holocaust and declaring that the gays are going to kill us all, there isn’t one and that’s why the Pope is as extreme and irrelevant as Mr Ahmadinejad. Yet there are still plenty of Church of England clergy members threatening to switch allegiances to the Roman Catholic church if the ordination of female bishops is allowed to go ahead. My understanding of the objection is that it is based upon the fact that none of the Apostles were women, but I’ll ignore the obvious sexual discrimination here and head straight on to what I think is the larger issue: since the beliefs of the two churches in question are different how can anyone switch sides? As a non believer this sort of thing does little to convince me of the strength, or accuracy, of such people’s faith and leads me to be very glad of the separation between church and state.
The bottom line (and I’m aware that this may sound very smug – it’s meant too), out of all of your religions, only one is can be right.
*I could find no evidence of a legal separation between church and state in the UK, after all the Church of England is a state religion, but I’m pretty sure that the majority of Britains no longer believe in divine right.