Dr Liam Fox, the former Defence Minister, has confirmed what barristers have been advising the Catholic Church from the beginning David Cameron announced his plans for the legalisation of same-sex marriage – that European Human Rights law will attempt to force churches to comply with the provision of gay marriage:
“Any assurances that we are given that distinguishing between churches will not be used at some point by European courts to drive a coach and horses through the legislation carries little credibility with those of us who have watched similar assurances trounced in the past.
“Having narrowly avoided taking the State into the realm of a free press we should not be intruding on the freedom of worship that is the proper preserve of the Church not the Courts”.
Dr Liam Fox also defends the true understanding of marriage and criticizes David Cameron for embarking on a misguided policy of social engineering:
In his letter sent earlier this week, Dr Fox says: “The principle of altering the accepted legal status of the majority of the population in order to satisfy what appears to be a very small, if vocal, minority is not a good basis on which to build a tolerant and stable society and should be enough reason in itself to think twice about changing the law.”
He adds: “What makes the position worse is the way that the legislation looks as though it was made on the hoof to deal with the political problem du jour. Banning the Church of England from what would be an otherwise legal activity is anomalous and absurd. If the ‘exemption’ is, as stated, because the Church had made clear their objection to same-sex marriage then why not exempt the Catholic Church which has been even clearer in its opposition.
“The idea of making certain practices illegal for one Christian Church, but not others, risks further weakening and splintering Britain’s traditional religion at a time when many Christians feel that they are under threat on a number of secular, political and cultural fronts. To fail to understand this is to risk an affront to a large stabilising and normally acquiescent section of this country which will sow completely unnecessary seeds of dissent.”
Protect the Pope comment: David Cameron and his government must have been given the same legal advice that the European Courts will unpick the planned ‘quadruple lock’ safe-guards. However, for political reasons they are pretending that their hollow words offer real protection for the churches. Why should we be surprised that politicians considering re-writing the meaning of marriage would be bothered about the truth of their words. In their upside down world, words mean whatever you want them to mean.