I suspect that some of the bishops have not done their research on this. They might have taken into account the following comments from a student at Exter:
I find it incredibly saddening that the Catholic Church has opted for a quick 'PR' win, commenting on an issue that it hasn't bothered to research.I've seen similar comments in various discussion forums, including a messageboard of Exeter students that has linked to this very blog (thanks for the link peeps). But all too many are jumping on a bandwagon and seeing persecution where there is none.
Had the Roman Catholic church's lead bishop on higher education spoken to the Student Catholic Society at Exeter (and many other of the other denominational societies) he would have learnt of thriving Christian societies on campus at Exeter, working together with other religions in a spirit of unity and peace.
Instead it has jumped on the growing media band wagon claiming that Christians are being ruthlessly suppressed.
How very ironic that on the day that murmurings from the Vatican suggest that the Roman Catholic church will take a more liberal view of contraception, Bishops in England clamour to defend a evangelical view of Christianity that even moderate Christians would find offensive.
Posted by alaindesmier on November 23, 2006 10:22 AM.
Perhaps all the people talking about the law can explain why Christian Unions should be exempt from Section 22-2-i (I don't know the formal way to cite laws) of the 1994 Education Act:
(i) the procedure for allocating resources to groups or clubs should be fair and should be set down in writing and freely accessible to all students;How is it fair to require other societies to be open to all students and democratically run but give exemption to Christian Unions?
Or for that matter, why do many Christian Unions require people to sign a statement of beliefs to join? Since when has a Christian Union Membership Secretary been needed to judge an individual's personal relationship with God?