There are so many things I want to blog on today, but it is rather busy so I suppose this is a Vox Pops of sorts.
Except that there is one subject I want to devote time to. So my plans to blog on that Frenchwoman who was sacked because she blogged about her job, faith schools (following Friday's Guardian report), middle class snobbery, cash machines in poor areas which charge for their use, the state of libraries today, my top ten TV detectives, graduation ceremonies, and the Dutch going another liberal step too far, will have to wait for the moment.
Because last night I noticed the following entry on Iain Dale's blog.
Put basically the above ad is from the Gay Police Association, saying that homophobic attacks have increased by 74% and that the sole motive was the religious belief of the perpetrator.
Like Iain, I doubt they were all Christians, and those who said they were definetly did not behave as if they were. Then there is the fact that many people say they are Christians and don't really know much about Christianity at all.
Now I hold an interest in this in that I am a committed Christian myself. Like many I find my faith tough, difficult, and hard. I find living my faith hard enough as it is without making quick and harsh judgements about others. Thankfully (and please forgive the prostelyzing) being a Christian means living by faith and remembering that Christ died for our sins and rose again, rather than following a set of rules and regulations that are hard.
I say this, because it has always seems to be the Christian's lot to be persecuted. Now in a lot of cases it may well be deserved on an individual or a group (i.e. being arrested for breaking the law or persecuting others), but it is not always the case. Lumping Christians together for an increase in a type of crime such as homophobic attacks, that many of us find horrible and disgusting as just as bad and ill-informed as attacking all gays for the fact that sometimes men get gang raped. Then there is the fact that two Christian friends of mine, whom I am rather fond of and am in awe of their spiritual maturity, happen to be a gay couple. What does this ad say to them!
And what especially irritates me as that, as per usual, no one mentioned Islam, when there are many homophobics in that religion (I hasten to add that I am not attacking muslims, or indeed their faith when I make that comment). When I was at University I once had to listen to a leading radical islamic fundamentalist student, loudly proclaim that homosexuals should be thrown off cliff tops, and yet Christianity seems to be the easy target to aim at. There is a word for that and it is called bullying.
The way things are now, there is a very good climate for dialogue. Between Christians and secular gays and in organisations and societies. This ad doesn't help at all!