There’s all sorts of interesting stuff going on here. Note that Scotland has gone, in the space of just over 40 years, from a country where male homosexual acts were illegal to one where failure to believe personally in same-sex marriage – even as you support its legality – is a disqualifier for high public office. That is an extraordinary social change in an extraordinarily short span of time.
Note also that we have moved beyond the age of tolerance into the age of affirmation. It is not enough that Forbes pledges to protect the right to same-sex marriage in law. She is expected to affirm other people’s beliefs, even their marriages. This is not a healthy development for freedom of conscience and, just as worrying, implies that elected officials should be moral arbiters of the nation’s relationships and private affairs. Mary Whitehouse, if only you could see us now.
… For these not terribly noble reasons, I don’t want Kate Forbes to win. But I don’t want her to lose because she’s a Christian. Nor do I want her to lose because she committed the gravest sin in politics and answered a question truthfully. If she does, it will confirm our ongoing drift from liberalism and its guarantees of the individual’s liberty of expression and conscience. It will confirm that the old intolerances are being replaced with new ones. Read More»
Stephen Daisley | “The real reason to be scared of Kate Forbes” | February 22, 2023
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