The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, previously of Uganda (relevant) will be trying to persuade the British Government, this evening or tomorrow, that conscience of people who believe in a god is different to the conscience of an atheist.
For example, if a politician, like Adolf Hitler thinks Jews are not truly human and should be treated worse than animals that is a very bad thing, in deed. But if religious people, because of their faith not their politics, think it is their god’s will that women or gay men (again, for example) should be treated as inferior to their god’s paradigm for perfection, the human male, then that is perfectly okay, because it’s a religion thing like.
Evidently, stopping people from stopping black people getting a job in England is a righteous thing (and, PTL because our John is, coincidently, a black man). Whilst stopping people stopping women and gay men getting a job is (including, in all fairness, black women and black gay men) is a despicable attack upon the basic human rights that apply to religious people only. As Our John says:
“Start down that road and you will put law and conscience into inevitable collision. That way lies ruin. “
I have put the full transcript of the archbishop’s illuminating speech up on FOOTNOTES.