Live and let live

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A student society in Galway University has been banned by the college after complaints about its Courage campaign which encourages “persons with same-sex attractions and their loved ones” to “move beyond the confines of the homosexual label to a more complete identity in Christ”.

The university authorities took the decision on the basis of discrimination declaring that it is inimical to the college’s “pluralist ethos”.

Now surely their peremptory move to outlaw the society flies in the face of that very ethos.

Whether or not you agree with the society’s position, the fact remains that they are entitled to exist and entitled to express their views.

However, according to the new liberal orthodoxy that permeates our society, freedom of expression and belief only exists for those who confirm to a particular world view, one which is statist, anti-religious and profoundly judgemental.

There was controversy in recent months when a specialist wedding stationery shop in Dublin removed a same-sex cake-topper decoration, designed by one of their suppliers, from an in-store display on the grounds of the owner’s religious beliefs.

This may not have been the smartest business decision but it was a profoundly personal one, which I believe he was entitled to make.

The owner and the shop were subjected to a barrage of criticism and condemnation, with calls for a general boycott; the outcome of which is today’s announcement that the store is to close.

It appears that a business or organisation that doesn’t conform to the orthodoxy cannot be permitted to exist; an individual that expresses personal beliefs and convictions must be silenced and vilified.

How does this reconcile with the liberal dictum of “live and let live”?

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3 Responses to Live and let live

  1. When I hear of these things (and it does seem to be a homosexual/lesbian angle most of the time) I think of how the tables have turned, once it was homosexuals being censored, ignored, discriminated and so on and now it is often the opposite.

    I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think people should be allowed to marry and live their lives with whoever they want, it’s nobody’s business but their own, I would have thought the best revenge would be to display the tolerance that had been lacking for them….I don’t agree with what you have to say but I will fight for your right to say it and all that jazz.

  2. They (the cake company, the Uni group) are allowed to do and say whatever they like based on their beliefs. And they have. And anyone who thinks they are wrong are allowed to say that they think it is wrong. And they have. Seems fair to me.

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