Despite the fact that our Illustrious Leader, El Presidente Tony "Baloney" Blair wanted to give in to his wife's spiritual leader, the majority of his Cabinet colleagues were able to force him to stand up to the spurious special pleading of both Cherie and 'Cormac The Barbarian'!
Under the Equality Act, due to come into effect in England, Wales and Scotland in April, it will be illegal for discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services on the basis of sexual orientation. However,Catholic adoption agencies claimed that this would stop them discriminating against potential adopters who were homosexual, and that forcing them to treat homosexuals as equals was contrary to their religious convictions. They then threatened to close all their adoption agencies if they were going to be forced to deal with homosexual applicants, but had the temerity to claim that their actions were in the best interests of the children!
What these duplicitous and mendacious hypocrites failed to point out, is that the act does allow them to discriminate on the grounds of their religious convictions BUT, and it is a big 'but', if they did so, the Exchequer would no longer fund them with public money. And that is the real, and only issue. They want the public to underwrite financially their ignorant homophobia, and threaten, like some spoilt child who is losing the game, to take their ball back unless they are allowed to win.
Tonight, despite much vacillation, Tony Baloney finally announced that these ignorant religious bigots and hypocrites would not get their way:
"There is no place in our society for discrimination. That's why I support the right of gay couples to apply to adopt like any other couple.
And that way there can be no exemptions for faith-based adoption agencies offering public funded services from regulations that prevent discrimination."
There is a sting in the tail, however. Tony has allowed his Catholic cronies nearly 2 years exemption from the new law, on the ostensible grounds that it will enable them to transfer their skills and knowledge to other, non-discriminatory adoption agencies, but I suggest that the real reason is so that they can be given more opportunity to marshal the forces of ignorance and religious bigotry in yet another attempt to force through their vile special pleading.
Frankly, these people are no better than any other sick religious terrorists that plagues our societies, and the sooner that all religion is consigned to the rubbish bin of history, the better.