From the outgoing arsebisheop, we get an attack on Cameron’s Big Society.
He continues: “’Big society’ rhetoric is all too often heard by many therefore as aspirational waffle designed to conceal a deeply damaging withdrawal of the state from its responsibilities to the most vulnerable.”
Well, yeah… But from someone who has made a living peddling waffle, this is pretty rich. A plague on both their houses, frankly.
As an aside, I attended a wedding this weekend. I don’t much like church weddings, but go through the motions. I stand when they say stand and sit when they say sit and avoid doing all that praying stuff. Well, it’s a bit pointless as a belief in a deity is something of a prerequisite.
Still, we got a thinly disguised attack on gay marriage. While I might have some sympathy with the Christian concern about this, telling us that only a man and a woman will commit for life, though thick and thin, better or worse and all that isn’t exactly a well conceived argument. A couple of gayers can make exactly the same long term vows and, frankly, divorce a few years later like their heterosexual counterparts. I think he knew the dark angel was in the congregation as there was also a thinly disguised attack on atheists, too. Apparently we don’t get this marriage thing either – despite me being faithfully married for nearly a quarter of a century.
Ah, well, that’s my exposure to religion done for a bit – and it is true, if this experience was anything to go by – the Devil does have all the best tunes. The stuff we had to listen to was pretty weak.
As for the Arsebishop and the Big Society – good riddance to both. Sooner rather than later, one hopes.