"Religion is a hypothesis about the world: the hypothesis that things are the way they are, at least in part, because of supernatural entities or forces acting on the natural world. And there's no good reason to treat it any differently from any other hypothesis. Which includes pointing out its flaws and inconsistencies, asking its adherents to back it up with solid evidence, making jokes about it when it's just being silly, offering arguments and evidence for our own competing hypotheses...and trying to persuade people out of it if we think it's mistaken. It's persuasion. It's the marketplace of ideas. Why should religion get a free ride"

Greta Christina

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Tory M.P endorses gay discrimination.

Chris Grayling MP seems to think it’s acceptable for B&B owners to refuse rooms to same sex couples.
This is an outrageous and immoral view. His argument as stated in a secret recording is:
"I took the view that if it's a question of somebody who's doing a B&B in their own home, that individual should have the right to decide who does and who doesn't come into their own home.
"If they are running a hotel on the High Street, I really don't think that it is right in this day and age that a gay couple should walk into a hotel and be turned away because they are a gay couple, and I think that is where the dividing line comes."
Which has all that “isn’t it reasonable” sound about it that actually doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. It is no more acceptable to refuse B&B to gay couples than it is to refuse rooms to a Muslim or a Jew or a person of colour. It rests on the discredited assumption that homosexuality is some kind of debauched lifestyle choice, rather than a natural expression of sexuality for a sizeable minority of people. Christians and Muslims may sincerely believe that homosexuality is immoral, but they are wrong, and should not be allowed to discriminate on that errant belief. If they don’t want gay people in their homes they should be in another business.

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