>Do you agree with the Pope?
>Pope Bennedict XVI attacked equality legislation in the UK for running contrary to “natural law”. It’s been taken as an attack on the Sexual Orientation Regulations that came into effect last January. The regulations forced Catholic adoption agencies to consider gay couples as potential adoptive parents.
Do you agree with the Pope that religious groups should be allowed to discriminate?
>The Catholic Church should not discriminate based on sexuality, but I don't believe that this was the Pope's entire message; Britain has gone "too far" with it's need for political correctness – people are often favoured for being different, rather than being considered equal. For example, a gay black man will sometimes recieve a place in university where a straight white man won't, even if he has better grades. That is not equality; that's lunacy.
>Couldn't agree more. Arbitrary discrimination is wrong, even when it's positive.Religious people have a right to conduct themselves in the manner they wish, and even think what they want. But they do not have the right to undermine the rights of others.Let's hope that Christianity evolves (as all religions do) to become more of a peaceful, loving and all embracing religion.
>By the way if anyone is reading this thinking we're wrong and the Pope's right then read these Biblical passages:"When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again." Exodus 21:7"However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way." Leviticus 25: 44-46"Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death." Exodus 21:15"Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord." Colossians 3:18"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." Jesus speaking in Matthew 10:34-35"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me." Jesus speaking in Matthew 10:37-38I am not arguing against Christianity. But even Priests refute the statements made here. So why stick with the statements that discriminate against homosexuality?
>A more pertinent question, given that everyone clearly agrees about the one posted, is, given the recent denial of access to the UK of Geert Wilders for holding and professing hateful views, should the UK taxpayer have to fork out upwards of £20m to pay for the visit of the Pope later this year?
>If the money comes solely from those who want him to come. I do not think we could ban the Pope from coming, if that was what you were implying. Yet if we do not ban him then we also cannot stop people giving money if they want to.
>Seems unfair that they can discriminate considering they pick and choose what exactly to follow in the bible. They only ever seem to use parts of it that benefit their needs while dismising the rest.
>Amen. It's almost universally accepted that some things in the Bible should not be followed. Yet others are still kept, in complete opposition to what modern culture, law and education professes.Religion evolves. The leaders of the Church today need to realise that. Law needs more of a place in Church if paedophilia is to be discouraged. And modern values such as equality and the right to be hetrosexual/bisexual/homosexual as a person pleases needs to be respected, and incorporated into Christian philosophy if it wants to stop seeing people leave the Church.