Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the Scottish enforcer for the Vatican (a small independent nation in Southern Europe), fears that schools will be banned from promoting traditional marriage if gay marriage is legalised. He was responding to a legal opinion from European human rights and employment law specialist, QC Aidan O’Neill. In his opinion, Mr O’Neill said parents will find it difficult to prevent their children from attending classes that promote homosexual marriage.

The legal opinion was sought by Scotland For Marriage. The group fears that classrooms will be flooded with teaching materials, including books and pamphlets, that promote gay marriage.

Cardinal O’Brien said, “If they enact Same Sex Marriage legislation there is no question that the work of Catholic schools and parishes will be impaired, undermined and damaged."

However, Mr O’Neill said: “The way in which the curriculum is delivered by school is covered by the anti-discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 such that pupils should not be taught in a manner which may be thought to subject them to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Scottish Ministers and local education authorities have obligation to have “due regard” to the need to tackle prejudice and promote understanding in relation to matters of different sexual orientation."

So, there you have it. Even though the legal opinion they paid for states quite categorically that nothing will change and that the Roman Catholic hierarchy in Scotland is already breaking European, human rights legislation by blatantly stigmatising gay young people, 10% of their own members and most of their own clergy, O'Brien still insists on telling big porkies.

And what's with his repeated use of the word "promote." Schools promote safe sex, getting a good job and abstention from drugs, that sort of thing. They do not "promote" any sort of marriage. It's not their business to. And when the Scottish government passes a law to give same sex couples the same right to marry as opposite sex couples (which they inevitably will because Scotland, for hundreds of years, has been one of the most enlightened and progressive nations in the world), nobody is going to promote same sex marriage. I mean, what is the crazy, old fear monger suggesting? That gay people will start taking out full page adverts in the Scottish press encouraging heterosexual people to give it up and become gay?


Fortunately, the Scots aren't easily fooled, especially by foreigners.



  1. Let me ‘splain for you, MP.

    We queers, by EXISTING, promote. By PROMOTING, we recruit. By RECRUITING, we become equal. By our EQUALITY, we take over. By TAKING OVER, we rule. By RULING, we oppress. And by OPPRESSING, we eliminate Catholics’ (existence).

    So, in short:

    Either queers exist *OR* Catholics exist. Mutually exclusive.

    [And of course, queer Catholics be bugger’d.]

    Happy to help!

  2. Maybe things are different in the U.K. Or maybe things have changed since I was a wee laddie. But I never remember being taught anything about marriage at all in 12 years of elementary and secondary education. This seems to be a wildly overblow “problem” on the archbishop’s part.

  3. This business of schools promoting marriage has always bothered me. Back in the day, I used to wonder why my trigonometry teacher seemed to equate the cosine function with marriage, and my metal-shop teacher taught us that marriage was like a sheet of copper, and my French teacher’s homework exercises were always about “le mariage parfait” (which I unfortunately took to be a dessert).

    It was all a mystery at the time, but no more. It was because that’s why schools exist, isn’t it? To promote marriage of one kind or another.

  4. There is one thing I still don’t understand, Father A. If schools are so keen on promoting marriage why was mine so intent on keeping the boys away from the girls at the school down the road?

  5. Thanks, Mad One, for responding to my original post. But it seems to have fallen off the page. Do you know what happened to it?

  6. Leading you (by the???) down the primrose path, as it were.

    Off-topic: is anyone having any problems see the page in normal set-up, via Internet Explorer? [The side columns are smushed up at the bottom of the page, Ack. Have to resort to Firefox, though that’s not where my bookmarks are]