January 29, 2007

When he's right, he's right

I don't often agree with Neil Harding but when he's right he's right. Only a couple points to add really.

The first is that many people arguing of the right to be bigoted on religious grounds seem to think that this is something special for people born high on the Kinsey scale over those that choose religion. It isn't the religious are already covered by equivalent anti-discrimination legislation which would mean that, for example, it would be illegal for a gay club to charge the religiously afflicted more for bringing their invisible friend with them.

The second is that while the religious may be screaming to 'think of the children' it is actually they that are proposing to do the most harm. The data is that people high on the Kinsey scale make just as good parents as people low on it. The data is also that children brought up in institutional care or foster homes do very badly in life, and that people that are adopted do far better. So what the god botherers are actually proposing is that because their invisible friend happens to be a raving bigot children should be denied the chance of a good life that comes from being adopted in favour of the very poor life that comes from institutional care.


Blogger Bishop Hill said...

For once, I disagree. This is an issue of freedom of contract and freedom of association. There should be no special exemption for the religious because there should be no restrictions on freedom of contract for anyone.

8:11 pm  
Blogger chris said...

Freedom to associate and disassociate would be the optimum, but that has already been crippled as Religions have already got restrictions placed on it. So it is better in the current environment that everybody be treated in an equally unfree way.

8:37 pm  

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