Posted by Jarsto in Politics, Rants
January 26th, 2007 | No Comments »

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here. For the last few weeks that’s partly because I have been (and to a certain extend still am) tired as hell most of the time. I may blog more about that later, but right now I’m just pissed off about something and it’s burning through the feeling of exhaustion, to the point where I feel I need to rant about it.

I guess I should start this by pointing out that I follow a lot of British news and politics. One debate going on in Britain right now is about gay adoption. Specifically about Catholic adoption agencies who want to be exempt from anti-discrimination laws requiring them to place children with gay couples (if those couples fulfil all requirements for adoptive parents).

What pisses me off is not just that the Catholics would like an exemption, but the tactics they’re using. They’re threatening to close down their adoption agencies if they don’t get one. This is followed by some sort of “what’s best for the children” argumentation. That’s what truly pisses me off because apparently the best thing for the children is to be used as pawns in a game of emotional blackmail.

And worse than that, it seems to be influencing some people. Last night on Question Time, a political discussion program produced by the BBC, several people said there must be room for some sort of compromise. One panellist even pointed out that Catholic adoption agencies already refer gay couples to other adoption agencies.

But the point about equality is that by definition you can’t compromise on it. You can’t be “a little bit equal” any more than you can be “a little bit pregnant”. Just look at what would happen to some other “compromises” if anyone suggested them. If a racist restaurant owner were to suggest he would point any black people to another nearby restaurant, but wouldn’t allow them in his because his conscience wouldn’t allow it, no-one would see that as an acceptable “compromise”.

For that matter, staying with adoption, it’s unlikely that anyone would accept a conscientious objection from the Catholics to letting protestants, or Jews, or Muslims, or Hindus, or basically any non-Catholics adopt. Because that would quite simply throw equality out of the window. And that’s exactly the same when it’s about sexuality rather than race or religion.


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