Date: February 24, 2010
Note: I believe this was a response, from a thread at the Newgon Forum.
I would normally agree here…but, keep in mind, we are talking about the UK, here.
They have an official, national religion, and that church is very much a part of the government…which changes the balance and ramifications tremendously.
If tax dollars taken out of my pocket, were being funneled to churches [in any way], and those churches were practicing the kinds of discrimination that I grew up under [and still live in, to a very large degree today], I would be outraged as well.
As a rule, I think any non-government organisation has the right to associate with whomever it wills, and hold a common code of conduct it feels represents it’s views.
I draw a line, when people of opposing viewpoints are expected to finance these kinds of groups…and where people who have no choice [ie: children] are forced into participating in said groups.
At the very least, they should not be rewarded, for behaving in those sorts of ways. They do not deserve to be seen as privileged, and exempted from things like income tax, for example.
I would not force censorship, or our same fate, upon others, either…
…but, we should be clear…wherever association is forced, the rules change.
I think bigots have the right to be bigots, so long as they are not infringing on the freedoms of others, and exploiting others in order to propagate their own goals.
That possibility is not very likely, wherever the various minorities are legally tied to each other.